More than 3,000 Turkmens and Arabs fleeing advances by pro-government Syrian forces in the north of Latakia province have crossed into Turkey over the past three days, Turkish disaster agency AFAD said Monday.


A Turkmen official said several thousand more migrants were expected as a camp mostly sheltering Turkmens in the Syrian village of Yamadi was being evacuated after the pro-government forces backed by Russian airstrikes advanced.


“After the attacks have spilled over to Yamadi camp, the first group of 731 migrants, mostly babies, children, women and the elderly, have entered our country,” AFAD said in a statement.


A total of 3,120 people have already crossed through Pulluyazi, a village near the border town of Yayladagi in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.




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