Turkey has extended a deadline for unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the country's largest city by two months.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in an interview with Haberturk television late on Tuesday that the deadline has been extended until October 30.
The announcement came on the same day as the initial deadline issued for Syrians in Istanbul to return to the provinces where they were first registered in upon arriving in the country.
Soylu added that Syrians working or studying in Istanbul would be exempt from the order.
Istanbul insists it cannot accept any more Syrian refugees and demands they return to other areas of the country or face deportation.
In previous weeks, Turkish authorities detained thousands of unregistered refugees and migrants in Istanbul, including Syrians.
The city, Turkey's most populous, already hosts the largest number of registered Syrians, nearly 548,000, out of 3.6 million Syrian refugees who have found a home in Turkey after fleeing violence and civil war.
Source: Al Jazeera.