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Turkish PM accuses Russia of Syrian refugees’ death

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Date: 6 January 2016 19:07

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Russia of the death of Syrian refugees, who die while trying to cross the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas to reach Europe, the TRT Haber news channel reported Jan. 6.

“Russia, supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is responsible for the death of Syrian refugees,” he said. “They are drowned almost every day while trying to cross the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to enter the territory of European countries."

Bodies of 36 Syrian migrants, who were trying to illegally cross into Greece, were earlier found off the coast of Turkey.

Currently, Turkey is hosting more than two million Syrian refugees on its soil.

The Syrian refugee camps in the country accommodate about 300,000 people. The rest of them are spread across the provinces and cities of Turkey.

In Istanbul alone, there are currently 40,000 refugees from Syria. Ankara has so far spent $8 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.

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