Istanbul to take "drastic measures" against Syria refugees: governor

July 16, 2014 10:52 PM

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Istanbul to take "drastic measures" against Syria refugees: governor

ISTANBUL: Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city's top official said Wednesday.

Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said that there were now 67,000 Syrian refugees in the city and legislation would now be adopted that could see them effectively expelled from the city of 15 million to refugee camps closer to Syria.

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