Germany's Merkel heads to Turkey as Syrians wait at border

Syrian refugees push each other as they queue for tents in Bab al-Salama, near the Turkish border, after fleeing the embattled city of Aleppo, February 6, 2016Tens of thousands of Syrians were stranded at the border with Turkey on Monday after escaping a Russia-backed government offensive in Aleppo, as Germany’s chancellor prepared to visit Ankara to press for tighter border controls. Turkey has vowed to help the crowds of people, including many women and children, but has not opened its borders and aid agencies have warned they are facing a “desperate” situation as they wait for help. “Turkey has reached the limit of its capacity to absorb the refugees,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told CNN Turk television.

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