Published July 17, 2012
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey is building a new refugee camp for Syrian refugees to accommodate 10,000 people, officials said Tuesday, as hundreds more people fled the escalating violence.
The state-run Anadolu agency reported that 864 people had crossed the border into Turkey since Monday, including a general and four colonels.
A new camp is being set up near the town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province on the border with Syria, Turkey's crisis management center said. The camp will have a capacity to accommodate 10,000 people.
Some 40,000 refugees are currently being sheltered in 10 camps near Turkey's 566-mile border with Syria.
The United Nations says the number of refugees who have sought help in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey has almost tripled since April. Jordan has taken 33,400 refugees, while 30,900 have arrived in Lebanon. Another 7,900 have sought sanctuary in Iraq.