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Turkish police fire teargas at protesters in Syrian refugee camp

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Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to disperse a group of Syrian refugees protesting after a child died in a fire in their camp, Anatolia news agency reported.

The fire broke out in the camp in Akcakale in southeastern Turkey which is housing some 25,000 Syrians who fled the conflict in their country.

One child was killed and three others injured, sparking the protest by dozens of angry residents against their living conditions, who pelted police with stones.

Anatolia said one protester was injured as anti-riot police, called as back-up, cracked down on the demonstration.

Turkey is housing some 200,000 refugees in camps situated along the Syrian border, while another 70,000 displaced are living in houses rented in several Turkish towns.

Accidental fires often break out in the camps, and several refugees -- mostly children -- have died.

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