Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said on Monday that Turkey should be prepared for an influx of at least 100,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the battle between Kurdish fighters and the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), in the case that Turkey accepts a new wave of refugees from Tal Afar.
Kurtulmuş stated that the coalition forces had been shelling the border since May 14, claiming that ISIS is located here, while the people are stuck between the coalition and Syrian Kurdish PYD forces.
“We are of the opinion that there is a humanitarian crisis in Tal Afar, similar to the one in Kobani and other regions in Syria” Kurtulmuş said, adding that the Turkish government prioritizes keeping the refugees in their own borders and transferring aid and medical supplies there.
Syrian refugees fleeing clashes in Syria’s Tal Abyad town started pouring into Turkey’s Şanlıurfa province through the Akçakale crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday.
ISIS fighters, who have the control of Tal Abyad, impeded the refugees from crossing onto the other side of the border and asked people to go back to the city center of Tal Abyad.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that he is concerned about the mass displacement of Turkmens and Arabs as a result of Kurdish advances in Tal Abyad, and said the operation against ISIS is replacing the population with PKK-affiliated Kurds, claiming they will become a threat to Turkey.
Resource: Daily Sabah, June 15, 2015