Turkey: Explosives and suicide belts captured along Syrian border

Turkish Security Forces arrested today 34 people along the Syrian border who had explosives and suicide belts in their possession. The explosives that were captured were designed to be used for suicide bombings but it still remains unclear who was behind the smuggling attempt.

"Between 12 to 15 kilograms of explosives and 4 suicide belts were found in two bags being carried by a group of Syrians to the border crossing," the Turkish military announced. The group of suspects includes 4 men, 10 women and 20 children who asked to cross the Syrian-Turkish border but were arrested.

Following the powerful attacks by Assad's government in Syria and with the rise of the murderous terror organization known as ISIS, around 30,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey in recent weeks and are waiting presently at the border in order to receive humanitarian assistance from the Turkish government. However, Turkey, who has already accepted 2.7 million Syrian refugees into her country, has refused to permit the entry of additional Syrian refugees.

Yesterday, the US government appealed to Ankara and urged them to open up their borders to Syrian refugees including women and children who have swamped the refugee camps along the Syrian-Turkish border. As a result, many are forced to sleep in tents during the cold winter months due to the lack of space.

About a month ago, a suicide bomber caused the death of at least 10 people in Istanbul and the maiming of 15 others. The two main suspects are ISIS members and members of the PKK. The Turkish media claimed that the country's intelligence identified 6 suicide bombers operating for ISIS within the country.

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