Syrians Crash Through a Fence Between War and Refuge

Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants around the town of Tal Abyad. As Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of the town, residents fled to the Turkish border by the thousands, but were stopped by barbed wire fences, trenches, and Turkish security forces firing warning shots and using water cannons to keep them back. At one point over the weekend, ISIS militants appeared to come between the refugees and the border fence on the Syrian side, urging them to return to the city center—under the watch of Turkish soldiers on the other side of the fence. The following day, a rush of desperate refugees returned, breaking through the border fences and pouring across into Turkey, where authorities were accommodating them. Despite recent attempts by the Turkish government to limit the flow of Syrian refugees, they agreed to re-open the border on Sunday, anticipating another 10,000 refugees.
Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Maria Passer / Anadolu Agency / Getty

    An Ice-Covered Russian Ghost Town

    The photographer Maria Passer visited some of the ice-covered abandoned buildings of Vorkuta, a dwindling Russian coal-mining city north of the Arctic Circle.

  • Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media via Getty

    Photos of the Week: Giant Teapot, Arizona Sunset, Egyptian Goose

    Moving a home through the streets of San Francisco, hiking the Great Wall in China, visiting a ski resort in Tehran, opening a “hug room” in Rome, walking a snow maze in Manitoba, and much more

  • General Photographic Agency / Getty

    100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1921

    A look at some of the events and sights from around the world a century ago

  • Salvatore Allegra / AP

    Recent Eruptions on Mount Etna

    Italy’s Mount Etna has erupted four times in the past six days, sending ash into the sky and lava down its slopes.