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Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie on Thursday visited Turkey’s largest camp for Syrian refugees near the border.
Jolie met with some of the 12,000 refugees at Oncupinar camp in southeastern Kilis city, which lies right on the border with their conflict-wracked homeland. She listened to the stories of the refugees who fled the violence in Syria, where a brutal conflict that began as a peaceful uprising against the Damascus regime has now killed an estimated 27,000 people.
Jolie was also briefed by Turkish officials at Oncupinar on the conditions at the border camps which altogether shelter some 80,000 registered refugees, Anatolia news agency reported.
Jolie, who first visited a different refugee camp in Turkey in June last year, will also travel to another camp in nearby Gaziantep city, and move on to Ankara for talks with officials, including President Abdullah Gul.
On Tuesday, Jolie visited a refugee camp in Jordan where she appealed to the world to “do everything they can to support these refugees” fleeing the escalating conflict in their country.
Ankara has called for safe zones to protect people on Syrian soil, but the proposal fell on deaf ears at a UN Security Council meeting last month.