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UN appeals to Turkey to take in more Syria refugees

AFP
Geneva
The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed to Turkey to take in more refugees from Syria, as hundreds of thousands flee the regime’s brutal assault on the last rebel enclave.
“We need an end to the fighting, and access to safety to preserve lives,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said in a statement.
“I am also appealing for neighbouring countries, including Turkey, to broaden admissions, so that those most in danger can reach safety,” Grandi said.
Turkey has said it is unwilling to open its borders to a new wave of Syrian refugees -- on top of the 3.6 million it has already taken in.
Grandi said “capacities and public support are already strained” in neighbouring countries and asked for more international support for governments taking in refugees.
Most of them are now in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, where freezing conditions are creating a grave humanitarian situation.
Grandi said 80 percent of the displaced people were women and children and underlined the importance of safe humanitarian access to them.