Some 130,000 Kurdish refugees fleeing Islamic militants have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in the past four days, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Monday as fighting raged close to Turkey’s southern border.

The minister, Numan Kurtulmus, warned that Turkey was facing “a refugee wave that can be expressed by hundreds of thousands.”

“This is not a natural disaster… what we are faced with is a man-made disaster,” Kurtulmus said of the surge of mostly women, children and the elderly that started late Thursday.

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