Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the European Union of failing to deliver a 3 billion euro ($3.3 billion) fund promised to the country to help it deal with its influx of refugees.
In an address to women trade-unionists, Erdogan said he hopes the prime minister can return from the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels Monday with the money.
Erdogan also criticized European nations for their unwillingness to take in refugees as well as their demands on Turkey to halt the flow of people.
He said: "We are not sending them, they are going [to Greece] by sea and many of them are dying. We have rescued close to 100,000 from the sea. Others are puncturing their boats and causing their deaths."
He went on to denounce what he said were Western nations' indifference toward women and children who were "massacred" by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.
Erdogan said: "Why do those who cause a stir over the videos that the [Islamic State group] posts on the Internet for show, ignore the innocent children and women massacred by Assad's state terror?" [AP]