Clashes occur after Syrian refugees protest in southeastern Turkey
ŞANLIURFA / BEIRUT
Şanlıurfa’s Akçakale Refugee camp. AA PhotoA group of Syrian refugees pelted security forces with stones after a faulty electrical supply outlet led to a fire that killed a child and wounded two others, in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Akçakale district.
Some 1,500 Syrians, protesting the safety measures and living conditions in the tent city, threw stones at the administrative buildings and cars belonging to security officials, Doğan News Agency has reported. Security forces responded with water cannon and tear gas.
Residents of the Akçakale camp said young men started a large demonstration after a tent fire happened earlier that day, Reuters has reported.
Sixteen children have died in tent city fires so far since the civil war started in Syria.