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Rights group: Turkey must let in Syrians shelled at border

  • A woman walks through tents and a sign that reads: "Greece-Macedonia" at a railway station turned into a migrants and refugees makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A woman walks through tents and a sign that reads: "Greece-Macedonia" at a railway station turned into a migrants and refugees makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds her baby as she walks by a tent blown by a strong wind at a camp for migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A woman holds her baby as she walks by a tent blown by a strong wind at a camp for migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child walks through tents blown by a strong wind at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A child walks through tents blown by a strong wind at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Human Rights Watch says the initial round of deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a new European Union-Turkey deal were "rushed, chaotic and violated the rights of those deported." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Human Rights Watch has urged Turkey to allow Syrians displaced by government shelling to cross the border to safety.

It says the Syrian army hit two migrant camps on April 13 and 15, triggering an exodus of 3,000 people.

Last week, the rights group said Turkish border guards had shot at Syrians escaping an Islamic State offensive. Turkey, home to 2.7 million Syrian refugees, rejects the claim and says it has an open-door policy toward migrants, but new arrivals are rare.

Rights groups have repeatedly slammed a new Turkey-EU deal to curtail the flood of refugees into Europe, raising questions about the safety of Syrian refugees on both sides of the Turkish border.

The rights group says tens of thousands of civilians are trapped along Turkey's border.