A Syrian refugee boy sits in front of a truck with a campaign poster of Turkish Prime minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 8, 2014 near a mosque in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkey's relief agency said Friday that it was time for the world to start "sharing the burden" of the 1.2 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, after tensions between Turks and refugees again turned violent.Some 285,000 Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps, mostly in the southeast, according Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).Tensions between Turks and Syrian refugees living outside of camps first boiled over in Gaziantep last month, when locals attacked a Syrian after a traffic accident, and there were also protests against refugees in Kahramanmaras to the north.According to Turkish media, city officials in Gaziantep have now drawn up an "action plan" to calm the situation and some 7,800 Syrians will be moved to camps near the city, or to others in the neighboring regions of Mardin and Sanliurfa.
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