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Turkey says has spent $220 million on Syrian refugees
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Syrian children, including a boy (L) injured during clashes between the Syrian Army and rebels, play with toys on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near Idlib, after having fled the violence in their town, October 13, 2012. Picture taken October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
Syrian children, including a boy (L) injured during clashes between the Syrian Army and rebels, play with toys on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near Idlib, after having fled the violence in their town, October 13, 2012. Picture taken October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
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ISTANBUL: Turkey has spent 400 million lira ($220 million) from government finances on accommodating refugees from the crisis in neighbouring Syria, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Tuesday.

The number of Syrian refugees housed in camps in southern Turkey has exceeded 100,000, the Turkish disaster management agency (AFAD) said on Monday, a level beyond which Ankara had previously said it would struggle to accommodate more. ($1 = 1.8115 Turkish liras)

 
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