Turkey willing to open borders for Syrian refugees ‘if necessary’

Turkey says it’s reached capacity, but is prepared to let in the thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border. Ankara is facing rising pressure to open its borders to scores of people fleeing an assault on Aleppo.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey stands ready to take in the large numbers of Syrians amassing at the border “if necessary.”

Officials said more than 30,000 Syrians have spent the last few days waiting at Azaz, on the Syrian side of the frontier, after fleeing a major government offensive on the northern city of Aleppo.

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