Annan in Turkey to visit Syrian refugee camps
ANKARA - Agence France-Presse
REUTERS photoInternational envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to pay a visit to refugee camps along Turkey's border with Syria, diplomatic sources told AFP.
The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria is expected to visit camps along the border where shootings from the Syrian side wounded six on Turkish soil Monday.
Annan's visit comes following an invitation from Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu over the weekend after an upsurge in the number of Syrians arriving at the Turkish border in recent days.
Annan is expected to tour refugee camps in the southeastern provinces of Hatay and Kilis, where shooting from Syrian side of the border wounded four Syrians and two Turks on Turkish soil, causing panic among the refugees.
Turkey received a record number of Syrian refugees last week as several thousands poured in to escape clashes in their hometowns close to the border, pushing up the total to more than 25,000.
Annan is expected to stay for a few hours in Turkey and leave for his original destination in Iran later in the day.