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Thousands Of People Are Crossing Over The Turkish Border To Escape ISIS

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Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by fighters affiliated with the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.

"Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border as of now from eight entrance points along a 30-km distance from Akcakale to Mursitpinar since we opened the border yesterday," Kurtulmus told CNN Turk television.

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