Sanliurfa, Turki, 13 Rabiul Akhir 1434/22 February 2013 (MINA) –  Nearly 2,500 Syrian babies were born in Turkey in refugee camps, according to a report published in received by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Friday.
       Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) stated on Friday (22/2) that the number of Syrians in Turkey have reached over 180,000 for the last two years due to violence in Syria.
       AFAD noted that these families had been staying in tent sites and container cities which were set up in several cities of Turkey. Nearly 2,500 babies were born in these camps, said AFAD, adding that officials were meeting all needs of Syrian babies and their families.
       Syrian families generally named their babies as “Recep, Tayyip, Erdogan, Emine” to show their appreciation to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his spouse Emine Erdogan.
       Syria has been an area of conflict since the opposition rebelled their president, Bashar Al Assad, in 2011, where conflict continues to be the Sunni-Shia war.
        Since then, civilians have suffered a miserable, as stated by the Arab League delegation to Lebanon Faiq Salih at the end of January 2013.
        According to UN, the civil war in Syria made about  70,000 citizens died and made other residents fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey.
        In Turkey, the government set up five tents in Hatay, two in Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and three at each one in Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras and Adiyaman.
Syrian refugees  in Turkey are provided with lodging, food, health care, security, social, educational, religious, and translation services.
       It said about 223,986 Syrian people have fled to Turkey and 66.496 of them back to Syria.
      Earlier this week, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Ali Babacan said that the monthly fee to take care of Syrian refugees in Turkey reaches about 40 million U.S. dollars, while the total amount of aid that Turkey has received for Syrian refugees from the international community reaches not over  than 30 million dollars. (T/P03/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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