HRW tells Turkey to stop shooting at Syrian Refugees

The Human Rights Watch has asked Turkey to stop firing on Syrian civilians that are fleeing war-violence, and to allow them to cross the Turkish border. The UN Refugee Agency asked Ankara to provide numbers of possible refugee deaths at the Syrian-Turkey border.

“As civilians flee ISIS fighters, Turkey is responding with live ammunition instead of compassion,” Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at HRW, said in a statement. “The whole world is talking about fighting ISIS, and yet those most at risk of becoming victims of its horrific abuses are trapped on the wrong side of a concrete wall,” he added.

A new conglomerate of refugees have left northern Syria towards the Turkish border after Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) opened fire on the communities and refugee camps. Three people were killed and thousands were forced to leave, the Guardian reported.

“The border is supposed to be a refuge, but it is a barrier to push us back into hell,” Abdul Aziz Rizk, who fled the Iqdah camp, told the Guardian. “All we want to do is get out of here.”

The renewed fighting between IS and the armed opposition groups in Northern Aleppo has moved at least 30,000 people in the past 48 hours, HRW said.

The human rights watchdog highlighted that Turkey’s border still remains “firmly shut”a year after the authorities started rejecting all but the most seriously injured Syrians.

“Turkey’s closed border is forcing Syrian men, women, and children to dig ditches and hide to escape the horrors of war,” Simpson said. “Turkey’s attempt at creating a so-called safe zone is a terrible joke for civilians cowering underground and desperate to escape Syria.”

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