Turkey accepts international aid for Syrian refugees

April 13, 2012 19:29

ISTANBUL - So many refugees have fled the violence in Syria that Turkey has begun accepting international aid to help share the cost of the caring for the nearly 25,000 Syrians, including rebel fighters, who have crossed the border.

Jordan is also now housing almost 100,000 Syrian refugees, far higher than the UN refugee agency UNHCR has registered, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Jordan told a joint news conference in Istanbul, where they discussed the crisis.

"We've now had official discussions, keeping in mind the increase in refugee numbers, and we will begin taking international aid," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday. "Actually, it has effectively begun."

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