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[ltr][rtl]A-[/rtl][/ltr][rtl]ARBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Amnesty International has accused Turkey of deporting Syrian refugees to the planned "safe area" on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Refugees I spoke to complained that they had been threatened or forced by Turkish police to sign documents stating that they would return voluntarily to Syria.
"In fact, Turkey is putting the lives of Syrian refugees at great risk by forcing them to return to a war zone," said the UK-based organization.
She said she believed the number of forced returns in the past few months had reached hundreds, based on interviews between July and October, but could confirm 20 cases.
Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million refugees who have fled Syria, but as public discontent grows over time, Ankara hopes to resettle up to 2 million people in the planned safe area in northeastern Syria.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry said later on Friday that Turkey was fulfilling all its responsibilities towards refugees in accordance with international laws.
"The allegations in the report on the forcible return of Syrians, the threat and ill-treatment are false and fictitious," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said.