Since last week, Ankara has reportedly rounded up some 1,000 Syrians and deported them to Idlib province — Syria’s last rebel-held area, hit hard by a recent regime offensive. Police, deployed in areas of Istanbul where Syrians typically live, began conducting hundreds of stop-and-search checks, arresting those without legal papers on them. The city’s also relocating about 5,000 other refugees to the Turkish regions where they’re registered.
How are Syrians reacting? Many refugees are hiding, with some setting up social media groups to share tips about avoiding Turkish authorities.
Don’t miss this OZY feature about the refugee ripple effect.