4,00,000 Syrian Kurds will flee to Turkey: UNHCR

Geneva: The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday that it was making contingency plans for all 4,00,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to flee into Turkey to escape an advance of Islamist militants.

 4,00,000 Syrian Kurds will flee to Turkey: UNHCR

Syrian refugees. AP

Some 1,38,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey in an exodus that began last week, and two border crossing points remain open, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.

"We are preparing for the whole population fleeing into Turkey. The population of Kobani is 4.00,000," UNHCR chief spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva.

"We don't know, but we are preparing for that contingency."

Reuters

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2014 15:44:22 IST