Belfast Telegraph

Jolie visits Turkey-Syria border

Angelina Jolie has travelled to Turkey's border with Syria to meet some of the thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled their government's bloody crackdown on dissent.

The Salt star, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, arrived in the Turkish province of Hatay on a private jet with boxes of toys for the refugee camps.

Local media reported that the actress rested at Hatay airport and then headed to a camp in the Turkish town of Altinozu.

Turkish authorities hoisted a 15 metre long banner reading 'Goodness Angel of the World, Welcome' near the entrance of the camp to welcome Angelina.

Police kept fans away from the actress at Hatay's airport and cameras were removed from rooftops and high points to prevent video of the visit. One fan held a poster that read: 'Angelina, kiss me for world peace'.

Authorities said the star's own crew would provide images of her meetings with refugees.

In April, the mother-of-six travelled to Tunisia during its refugee crisis as thousands fled from its war-torn neighbour, Libya.

Earlier this week a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman confirmed the country had granted permission for the star to visit after assessing an application submitted on her behalf.


From Belfast Telegraph