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Four Turkish police officers and 10 Syrian refugees were injured after a riot broke out at a refugee camp in the southeastern province of Kilis.
Around 500 Syrian refugees staying at a camp near the Öncüpınar border gate staged a protest on the grounds that they were not receiving enough water, broadcaster NTV reported on its website today. 
The group hurled stones at police and set garbage containers on fire after police demanded that they end the protest. Reinforcements were sent from the Kilis Police Department and gendarmerie forces, who intervened against the protesters with tear gas. Ten protesters who were affected by the gas were taken to hospital. 
The garbage containers set alight by the protesters were put out by firefighters as police took control of the camp. 


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Thracian Anatolian

7/17/2012 7:49:23 PM

Unbelievable. These refugee camps are set up thanks to the money of Turkish citizens and these people, instead of showing some gratitude like they ought to, riot due to an alleged lack of water and INJURE Turkish officers! I hope they do realize that Turkey does not HAVE to feed them. Also I do not believe for a minute that there is a critical lack of water in the camp.

Proud Turk

7/17/2012 7:33:01 PM

Turkey has no obligation apart from humanitarian to provide any sort of sustenance or shelter to these people. Under the circumstances it is doing the best it can. I would support that any person caught rioting for whatever reason should be pushed across the border and left to his own devices. These people also leave the camp with the bedding and other goods given to them and sell them by the roadside.

Nadiri Başaran

7/17/2012 6:16:19 PM

Nothing justifies rioting, nothing!

mara mcglothin

7/17/2012 5:10:27 PM

USOBSERVER AND BRIT IN TURKEY Desperate people do desperate things. Both of you should know by now that things are not always as they seem in Turkey. Didn't you guys read that they were not allowing foreign aid groups to participate in the refugees care etc? Where is the water is the best question???? If I had a child in this camp and I had no water I would do something desperate. US OBSERVER you sound Turkish when you say if they don't like it then......

Brit in Turkey

7/17/2012 4:25:42 PM

Shortage of water is very serious, especially in this heat. However surely there were other ways to get more without rioting. A little gratitude from the rioters to their Turkish hosts for the refuge they are given would not go amiss.

US Observer

7/17/2012 4:03:13 PM

No good deed goes unpunished. Someone should remind them they could always go back home...
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