Amid ongoing fights between rebel groups in the war-torn country, the number of Syrian refugees — mainly consisting of Turkmens — who have fled to Turkey has exceeded 700,000, according to the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

The head of AFAD, Fuat Oktay, stated on Friday that there has been an increase in the number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Turkey in the last few weeks.

“The number of Syrians in our camps currently has reached 218,000. Entry through the provinces of Kilis and Gaziantep have increased, particularly in the past few days, due to barrel bombs attacks by the regime and clashes in the provinces close to the border,” said Oktay.