As It Happens

130-thousand refugees flee ISIS over weekend

The number of refugees who have crossed Syria's border into Turkey since Saturday is "staggering," the UN's Carol Batchelor tells As it Happens. It is the largest single influx since the unrest in Syria began more than three years ago....
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The number of refugees who have crossed Syria's border into Turkey since Saturday is "staggering," the UN's Carol Batchelor tells As it Happens. It is the largest single influx since the unrest in Syria began more than three years ago.

Over the weekend, more than 130-thousand have flooded over the border. "The vast majority of people are women, children, elderly," Batchelor tells Carol.  

The refugees have fled from Kurdish villages in northern Syria which have come under attack from the armed group ISIS, which has made lightning advances over the weekend. 

"One could hear gunfire and mortars and shelling 500 meters from the border," Batchelor says, "That's how close some of this conflict has come to the Turkish border." 

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