Turkey and Germany agree on plan to ease refugee crisis — Al Jazeera Com|Thousands escaping the offensive in Aleppo|Watch video

Steps unveiled during Merkel’s visit include push to halt assault on Syrian city of Aleppo and curb “illegal migration”.

Syria todayTurkey and Germany have agreed on a set of measures to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aiming to halt attacks against Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

Officials from the two countries announced on Monday in Ankara they would also push to curb what they called illegal migration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in the Turkish capital for talks on how to reduce the influx of refugees into Europe, said after discussions with Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s prime minister, that she was “not just appalled but horrified” by the suffering caused by Russian bombing in Syria.

Merkel said Turkey and Germany will push at the UN for everyone to keep to a UN resolution passed in December that calls on all sides to halt without delay attacks on the civilian population.

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Others are reportedly sleeping in fields and on roads, it said.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Gaziantep in Turkey, Fadi Hajjar, a Syrian activist belonging to the Aleppo Media Centre, said there were between 30,000 and 50,000 people waiting at the border.

“This number is likely to increase in the coming days,” he said on Sunday.

“Some villages in Aleppo have been completely emptied of people.”

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Temporary refugee camps in northern Syria have been set up for those escaping the offensive in Aleppo

Temporary refugee camps in northern Syria have been set up for those escaping the offensive in Aleppo [AP]

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