ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was concerned over the escalating violence against civilians in Syria amid anti-government protests.
In an interview with Turkish NTV channel late Friday, Erdogan said: "Developments in Syria is very much concerning."
He said over 3,000 Syrians had fled the violence to Turkey since last Wednesday, adding that the Turkish government was taking all measures to control an exodus.
"We are exerting efforts to prevent things that happened on our borders during the Saddam regime in Iraq. We will open our doors to those who seek refuge but that would take place in a controlled fashion," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said the Turkish Red Crescent Society had extended medical aid and provided shelter for the Syrian refugees.
A senior Turkish diplomat said Saturday that the number of Syrians who took refuge in Turkey has reached 4,300.
Large amounts of Syrians have crossed the border to neighboring Turkey to seek sanctuary, as clashes worsened in their country, said the semi-official Anatolia news agency, adding that nearly 600 tents were set up in south Turkey's Hatay province to accommodate the refugees.
Around 6,000 blankets and 3,000 beds, as well as mobile kitchens, bathrooms and toilets, were sent to the region while injured Syrians were being treated at nearby hospitals, the report said. (Xinhua)