Right Group: Turkey Firing at Refugees, Probe Needed

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Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday that Turkish border guards continues to shoot and beat Syrian refugees trying to cross into Turkey and called on the country to investigate abuses.

The advocacy group said in the report that Turkish border guards in March and April used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey, killing five people, including a child and injuring 14 others, Herald Courier reported.

The group also urged Turkey to reopen its border to Syrians.

Turkey, home to 2.7 million Syrian refugees, rejects claims that its border guards shoot at refugees and says it has an open-door policy toward migrants, although new arrivals are rare.

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

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