UN: Turkey-Syria border closing to commerce, not refugees

GENEVA - Turkish authorities have toldthe UN refugee agency that its borders with Syria will closeto commercial traffic but remain open for Syrian refugeesfleeing the conflict, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"We've received assurances that it is staying open. Theborder is closed for all commercial traffic in both directions,that is what we heard from the Turkish government," SybellaWilkes, spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), said.

Earlier, an official from the Turkish Customs and TradeMinistry told Reuters that all Turkey's border gates with Syriaare to be closed from Wednesday, in response to worseningsecurity conditions.
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