Syrian refugee numbers soar at closed Turkey border

February 6, 2016 7:18 PM

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As many as 35,000 Syrians have massed along the closed border fleeing war, but leaders say they would only open the gates in the event of an “extraordinary crisis.”

BEIRUT — Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge.

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