Thousands of Syrians enter Turkey despite ISIS barrier

Thousands of Syrians cross Turkey border towards Sunday evening despite thwart action by ISIS

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Thousands of Syrians fleeing ISIS entered Turkey through the Akcakale border in southeastern Sanliurfa province on Sunday evening.

The entries of refugees began around 6:30p.m. as Turkish authorities heightened security measures. Turkish soldiers are aiding the refugees that crossed the border by Akcakale after opening a corridor from the wires of the border.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) present by the border gate to aid the refugees who are immediately registered.

Turkey expects 2,500 to 3,000 entries in the first phase.  

Speaking during a press conference , Akcakale Mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan said Turkey allowed Syrians to enter from the customs gate, but their entries were prevented by ISIS militants.

In the meantime, the refugees running away from ISIS piled up at the border  and tried to enter Turkey by taking down the border wires, as their relatives waited for them on the other side of the border in Turkey.

As Turkey led the refugees enter the country, ISIS militants seemed confused  whether to allow the refugees to flee Syria and stopped the entries for some time.

The action of refugees trying to take down the border wires to cross the border faced intervention by Turkish soldiers, as they waited order from Turkish authorities while ISIS presence among the refugees forced caution.

Refugees are running away from Syria’s Tel Abyad, as the Kurdish fighters advanced to the city  which led fierce clashes to retake the city from ISIS militants.

Thousands of Syrians have fled from Syria into Turkey since last week after clashes between ISIS and militant group Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) began in the Rasulayn region of Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate.

On June 11, Karim Atassi of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) praised Turkey for hosting of close to 2 million Syrian refugees and for creating a model for the management of asylum seekers and migrants.

TRTWorld and agencies