Thousands of fleeing Syrian Turkmen arrive in Turkey
Around 2,000 members of Syria's Turkmen minority have fled to the Turkish border to escape renewed fighting in the northwest of the country. (AFP/File)
Some 2,000 Turkmens have crossed into Turkey Saturday after fleeing attacks from Russian and Syrian regime forces in northwestern Syria, according to the Turkish disaster agency.
The displaced were fleeing Russian and Syrian attacks of Turkmen Mountain in Syria Bayirbucak.
According to the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), nearly 600 families have taken refuge in Guvecci camp near Yayladagi, a border town in the Hatay province of southern Turkey.
The officials said more refugees would be allowed into Turkey in the coming days.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that more than 5,000 Turkmens and Arab refugees had been accepted into Turkey in the last week alone, following the airstrikes.
Predominantly Turkmen areas of northwestern Syria have been under attack by regime forces - backed by Russian air power - since November of last year.
Recent attacks in these areas have displaced thousands of Turkmens, a Turkic ethnic group concentrated mainly in Syria and Iraq, prompting many to seek refuge in southern Turkey.
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