More than 23,000 refugees flee to Turkey to escape Syria fighting

A Syrian refugee carrying children, walks in Turkey, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey as he and others flee intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants. (AP)

More than 23,000 refugees fleeing fighting in northern Syria have crossed into Turkey, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, quoting Turkish authorities.

Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured a town at the Turkish border from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday, driving it away from the frontier in an advance backed by U.S.-led air strikes.

"Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping fighting between rival military forces in and around the key border town of Tel Abyad, which was controlled by militants and faces Akcakale across the border," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a Geneva briefing. The figure includes more than 2,183 Iraqis from the cities of Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah, he added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46