Thousands flee Syria into Turkey

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More than 66,000 refugees from northern Syria have fled across the border to Turkey since it was opened by Turkish authorities 24 hours ago.

This huge movement of mostly Kurdish refugees has been brought on by fierce fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants around the town of Kobane.

According to Syrian activists, at least 300 Kurdish emergency soldiers have crossed the border in the opposite direction, traveling from Turkey to Syria to aid the fight against the Islamic State.

The Islamic State has control over large areas of Syria and Iraq and has also gained control of dozens of villages around Kobane.

Turkey shares a border with Iraq and Syria and has taken in over 847,000 refugees in the last 3 years since the uprising began against the Syrian President.

Syria is desperate for international assistance as the fighting is not looking like it will come to an end in the near future.

Article written by  Charlotte Cull

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