Some 600 British nationals have been stopped from going to Syria to try to join the so-called Islamic State and other jihadist groups, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
Meanwhile some 800 have made it through since 2012, with half of them still thought to be in the war-torn country, he said in comments reported in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers.
“Approximately 800 Brits have been to Syria, of whom half are still there. But on top of that 800, we have stopped another 600,” Mr Hammond said during a visit to southern Turkey.
The foreign secretary said the number of British nationals stopped in Turkey had gone up in the past eight months due to Ankara reassessing the scale of the threat posed to Turkey by Islamic State.