Red Cross: Turkey needs help to cope with Syrian exodus

November 12, 2012 18:23


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GENEVA - Turkey needs millions of dollars in foreign aid to cope with a still-growing surge of Syrians fleeing their country's prolonged civil war, the world's largest disaster relief network said on Monday.

More than 110,000 refugees have already registered in Turkey since the uprising against Syria's president Bashar Assad began in March last year.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it had now drawn up plans to help Ankara support at least another 10,000 people gathered on the Syrian side of the border and 50,000 more who could cross over in the next six months.

The Federation said it was appealing for 32.3 million Swiss francs ($34.04 million) to get food and winter shelter to a total of 170,000 refugees, and to help Ankara scale up its response to the exodus.

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