Turkey to open new refugee camp for Syrians

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July 17, 2012, 10:58 a.m. | World — by Associated Press

Syrian refugees walk at the Kilis refugee camp near the Syrian border.

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ANKARA — Turkey says it will build a new refugee camp for Syrian refugees that could accommodate 10,000 people, as hundreds more people fled the country.

The state-run Anadolu agency said 525 people crossed the border into Turkey late Monday, including a general and four colonels.

Turkey's government-run crisis management center said late Monday that a new camp is being set up near the town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province which borders Syria. The camp will have a capacity to accommodate 10,000 people.

Nearly 40,000 refugees are currently being sheltered in 10 camps near Turkey's 566-mile (911-kilometer) border with Syria.

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