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    Turkey has offered free education to 483,000 Syrian children since the start of the Syrian civil war, Turkish Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Speaking in an interview with the Anadolu news agency, Yilmaz specified that over a half of the 850,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey were attending classes in the country's public schools alongside with local children.

    "We want to provide national education not only to our own children but also to those who have taken refuge in my country and those who are not able to live in their own country. If a person is uneducated, he or she will be open to additional risks wherever they are," Yilmaz stressed.

    The civil war in Syria has caused a major humanitarian crisis making millions of people to flee the country. According to the UNHCR, over 2.8 million of Syrians are currently in Turkey.

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