As fighting continued between a coalition of Kurdish militias and Islamic State militants for Tal Abyad – a strategic Syrian town on the border with Turkey – thousands of desperate refugees clambered through broken fences in a bid to enter Turkish territories.
Men, women and children were photographed near the Akcakale border trying to escape the clutches of ISIS terrorists.
“More than 5,000 Syrian refugees fleeing airstrikes in the city of Tal Abyad have crossed into Turkey through the southern Akcakale border gate,” Andolu Agency reported, citing Turkish officials.
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Some of them were turned away by ISIS militants after Turkish guards closed the border:
Turkish Army closes border on Syrian refugees & watches as smiling ISIS jihadists collect them as human shields pic.twitter.com/JTUUss4FZg— Azad Kurdistan (@mrgoldfink) June 13, 2015
The four-year crisis in Syria, according to USAID, has resulted in the deaths of more than 220,000 Syrians and has displaced more than 11 million people, including 7.6 million people internally and more than 3.9 million people to neighboring countries.
The Syrian civil war has turned into the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times and even more horrifying is the fact that the world community has not been able to do much to put an end to the miseries of the affected people.