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Syrians face racially motivated attacks following Idlib tragedy

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Houses and workplaces owned by Syrians in the Elbistan district of Turkey’s Kahramanmaraş province were attacked by locals following the death of 36 Turkish soldiers in the Syrian province of Idlib last Thursday, according to Turkish media reports.

The Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Syrian regime and backed by Russia, sending shockwaves of grief across the country.

Two of the slain soldiers were laid to rest in Kahramanmaraş, raising tensions in the province.

More than 3.5 million Syrians have taken refuge in Turkey due to an ongoing civil war in the country that began in 2011 and have been granted temporary protection status.

The Security Directorate General warned citizens to be wary of provocations targeting Syrians.

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