Thousands of Syrian refugees crossed into Turkey on Wednesday from the border in the Akcakale district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa while Turkish soldiers stood guard, Turkish media reported.
The refugees have been fleeing from Syria into Turkey since last week after clashes between ISIS and Kurdish militant groups began in the Rasulayn region of Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate.
The Syrians were given food and water by Turkish soldiers and brought to refugee camps in the Akcakale district. Soldiers were also seen helping the refugees carry their luggage and children.
"They are escaping coalition bombardments as well as Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) advancement," Turkish officials said, referring to the outlawed PKK Syrian affiliate.
Clashes between ISIS and Kurdish militants have periodically continued in the border district,of Syria’s Hasaka province, Rasulayn, since March 2015.
The Turkish official said that since last week 6,837 people were admitted to the area, and 686 of them were Iraqi nationals.