About 700 Syrian refugees entered Turkey in 24 hours,leading to more than 24,000 the total number of people from Syria who sought refuge in the neighboring country, a Turkish official said Saturday.
In Turkey, home to many refugees who escaped theviolence in Syria, where more than 9,000 people have died since March 2011, according to UN figures. This official, who requested anonymity, said thataround 699 refugees crossed the border in one day. Last week, 2,800 Syrians - a record amount - crossed the border with Turkey in a period of 36 hours toescape an attack by Syrian troops backed by helicopters.
The increase of these arrivals alarmed the Turkish authorities asked the United Nations and the international community to increase their aid to refugees in Syria.
"We have made every effort to accommodate the Syrians fleeing violence in their country, but continue to arrive at this rate, we need the UN and the international community involved," he said on Friday the Turkish Foreign Minister, Davutoglu Ahahmed .
The latest wave of Syrian refugees brought their total number to 24,324 in Turkey, according to official figures from the Turkish government.