SHAFAQNA -Â Hollywood star and UNÂ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador AngelinaÂ Jolie has arrivedÂ inÂ Turkey’s southeastern provinceÂ of MardinÂ to visit Syrian refugees.
The Oscar-winning American actress and director arrived Friday night inÂ Turkey onÂ a privateÂ plane toÂ visitÂ Syrian and Iraqi refugees, who fled clashes in their countries,Â inÂ temporary protection centers in theÂ Midyat district of Mardin.
Jolie isÂ expected to participate inÂ a program, whichÂ will be held forÂ World Refugee DayÂ with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan andÂ UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) AntonioÂ Guterres, who is also in Turkey.
On Saturday, Guterres, who is on the fourth of a five-day visit,Â will alsoÂ visit the temporary protection centers inÂ Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Mardin, Sanliurfa and Gaziantep, where Syrian refugees have been staying as well.
Jolie had visited Turkey in 2012. She metÂ Syrian refugees, accompanied by Guterres in the southeastern provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis.Â Â She had praised Turkey’s efforts in hosting the Syrian people .
In 2011, AngelinaÂ Jolie traveledÂ to Turkey’sÂ southernÂ province of Hatay -Â 20 kilometers from the Syrian border -Â to meetÂ withÂ refugees who hadÂ fled Syria.Â Accompanied by UNHCR staff and Turkish government officials, sheÂ visited the Altinozu camp where some 1,700 Syrians had found shelter.
“The people in this camp have fled in fear for their lives, and many told me they were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria,” Jolie said.
At the time, there were almost 10,000Â people living in four camps managed by Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent.
Over the past two weeks only, aÂ total ofÂ 23,349 Syrian refugeesÂ fleeing clashes inÂ Syria have enteredÂ Turkey, the spokesman for the Turkish Foreign MinistryÂ said Thursday.
Syrian refugees fledÂ clashes in theÂ city of TalÂ Abyad, where there has beenÂ fierce fighting between Daesh and Syrian-Kurdish forces.
TurkeyÂ shares a 900-kilometerÂ border with SyriaÂ and has sheltered more than 1.7 millionÂ Syrians, according to the UN.
According to government figures, Turkey has spent more than $6 billion so far for refugees while the international community’s help has amounted to $300 million.