Turkey, Syrian refugees return to Syria

60,000 refugees have returned to Syria after the earthquakes in Turkey

Nearly 60,000 refugees have returned to Syria after the earthquakes that devastated the southeast of Turkey – a region where the density of Syrian refugees is especially high – on February 6, causing more than 50,000 deaths. As reported by the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, tens of thousands of Syrians have returned to their country “after losing their homes” in the earthquake or worried about their relatives in Syria, where the quake also caused thousands of deaths. Akar also denied reports about the massive entry of Syrian refugees into Turkey after the earthquakes, assuring that “such allegations do not reflect the truth” and that Turkish borders are monitored day and night against any attempt to cross them illegally.