Some 415,000 Syrian babies born in Turkey since 2011: official

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Syrian children stand behind a fence at a refugee camp in the Kilis district of Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, on October 23, 2016. France's foreign minister urged the international community to "do everything" to end the "massacre" in the Syrian city of Aleppo after fighting resumed following a 72-hour truce declared by Damascus ally Russia. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

More than 415,000 Syrian babies have been born in Turkey since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, said an official from Turkey’s Interior Ministry, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“The majority of the population of Syrians in Turkey is young, as [only] around 100,000 among the 3.6 million Syrians in Turkey are older than 60,” said Abdullah Ayaz, who heads the ministry’s migration management department.

“Since the start of the crisis, more than 415,000 Syrian babies have been born in Turkey,” Ayaz told a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) in Turkey’s capital of Ankara.

Turkey hosts more Syrians than any other country in the world.

Ayaz said Turkish officials are continuing work to make sure all Syrian children receive an education.

A report in April suggested that nearly half the Syrian underage population did not have access to education in Turkey.

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