Turkish Interior Ministry orders demolition of homes of Syrian refugees in Ankara

ANKARA — The Turkish Interior Ministry is moving forward with its plans, announced last week, to demolish houses of Syrian refugees in Ankara’s Altindag District, saying that they were built without a permit and for this reason are illegal and hinder road expansion in the city.

The refugees were given one week to relocate.

Authorities in Altindag confirmed that they were not the ones who decided to demolish the buildings, pointing to the Ministry of Interior as the source of the move.

Tensions in the country have been on the rise. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the neighborhood in August to attack local Syrian homes and shops while chanting anti-Syrian slogans.