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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey camps

Published on Sep 13, 2012 4:06 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Hollywood star and United Nations (UN) special envoy Angelina Jolie on Thursday visited Turkey's largest camp for Syrian refugees near the border, where overjoyed thousands welcomed her, Turkish media reported.

Jolie, accompanied by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonia Guterres, met with some of the 12,000 refugees at Oncupinar camp in south-eastern Kilis city, which lies right on the border with their conflict-wracked homeland.

The Oscar-winning actress listened to the stories of the refugees who fled the violence in Syria, where a brutal conflict that began as a peaceful uprising against the Damascus regime has now killed around 27,000 people, according to some estimates.

The media was not allowed to cover Jolie's meetings with the refugees.

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