Minister announces 3.6 mln Syrians currently living in Turkey

A Syrian man sit in front of a syrian shop, on May 1, 2018 in Gaziantep, southwestern Turkey. In the Turkish city of Gaziantep, home to around half a million Syrians who fled the civil war south of the border, hundreds of Syrian businesses are thriving in a boost both for the displaced community and their host country. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Turkish Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu said on Monday that 3,644,342 Syrians had fled to Turkey since the start of the civil war in the neighboring country.

According to the minister, the Syrian refugees live in Turkey under international protected status.

The minister also stated that after Turkey’s cross-border operations in northern Syria, 311,968 Syrians had returned home.

Turkey has been supporting opposition forces in Syria since the eruption of a rebellion against embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

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