The move comes just weeks after Turkey’s parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman moaned Europe was “building walls” and “closing their doors”, while his country welcomed 2.7million Syrians.
But Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, last week, vowed to build a “safe zone” saying: “The problem of terrorism and the refugee problem will be resolved when we secure Syrian soils step by step”.
And now only two official crossings out of the 19 along the Turkish-Syrian border remain open for Syrian asylum seekers.
Humanitarian workers warn that more than 100,000 Syrians have become stuck at the border in a year, which has led to the rise in devious people smuggling operations who use this as a way to lure desperate migrants into paying thousands to cross.
“When we were at the border Turkish guards fired into the air just so the people who try to cross feel afraid.”
There are also reports of Turkish border guards “shooting and killing families trying to cross”, which Ankara strenuously denies.
Former law student, Rida, 26, added: “I tried many times to cross illegally but wasn’t able to do that because the Turkish army shot at this who tried to cross. I haven’t met or seen my family for a year.”