leonkuravson (leonkuravson) wrote,

'Truly appalling': Turkish Border Guards Continue To Shoot Syrian Refugees, HRW Says

Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and abuse Syrian refugees who are crossing into the country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The rights group, citing the deaths of several asylum seekers, has called on Ankara to investigate.

According to HRW, border guards used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey in March and April. Five people were reportedly killed, including a child, and 14 others were injured.

“Firing at traumatized men, women, and children fleeing fighting and indiscriminate warfare is truly appalling,” Human Rights Watch researcher Gerry Simpson said in a statement.

Citing witnesses, HRW mentioned six incidents of abuse which reportedly took place near the Khurbat al Juz-Güveççi border crossing, around 50km (30 miles) south of the Turkish city of Antakya. HRW has published a video of witness accounts online.

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