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Arabic signboards being removed in various Turkish provinces

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Turkish authorities have ordered the removal of Arabic signboards in a number of provinces where a large number of Syrian refugees live on the grounds that they cause “visual pollution.”

Turkey today is home to 3 million refugees, mostly Syrian.

Arabic signboards have so far been removed in Gaziantep’s İslahiye district, Adana province and Hatay’s Kırıkhan district as well as in some neighborhoods in İstanbul.

Turkish authorities say the move is aimed at protecting the Turkish language.

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