Turkey may 'run out of space' for Syria refugees

Turkey may soon run out of space to house refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Syria, the country's foreign minister has been reported as saying.

Ahmet Davutoglu told the Hurriyet newspaper Turkey was close to capacity and suggested the United Nations may need to prepare "safe zone" camps within the war-torn country.

Nearly 70,000 have crossed the border into Turkey during the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al Assad in Syria.

If the number of refugees in Turkey surpasses 100,000, we will run out of space to accommodate them. We should be able to accommodate them in Syria. The United Nations may build camps in a safe zone within Syria's borders.

– Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu