Governor says Turks embracing Syrian refugees as their brothers

Governor of Turkey’s southern city of Kilis Suleyman Tapiz has said the city’s residents had embraced Syrians fleeing violence as their own brothers.

"They consider Syrian refugees who took shelter here as their brothers and neighbors. There is no problem in Kilis," Tapsiz told reporters who visited the city as the guest of Turkish charity fund, Kimse Yok Mu.

Tapsiz said Syrians staying in a container camp entered and exited the site with electronic cards, which he said also allowed them to do their shopping with pre-installed money worth 80 Turkish liras per individual.

Tapsiz said the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey was close to 150 thousand, adding that nearly 6 thousand Syrians waited at the Bab Al-Salam border crossing.

"We are gradually transferring them to camps inside Turkey but their numbers do not go down because new ones keep coming every day. Turkish charity organizations are providing meals two times a day," Tapsiz said.

New container city to be set up in Kilis for Syrians

A new container city will be set up for Syrian citizens, who have crossed in Turkey after fleeing violence in their country, in Besiriye village of Elbeyli town in the southern Kilis province.

The container city’s capacity will be for 15,000 people.

Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz said that there was currently a 12,000-people capacity container city in Kilis which hosted 13,000 Syrians.

The new container city, which will be comprised of 3,000 containers, will have space for 15,000 people, said Tapsiz.

Tapsiz noted that IHH Humanitarian Aid Foundation offered to set up a neighborhood within the container city, adding that the neighborhood would be comprised of 400 containers.

Tapsiz said that they were signing a protocol with IHH.

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