KILIS - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told Syrian refugees on Sunday that victory for the rebels was not far off and that President Bashar Assad was "losing blood" by the day.

Erdogan, who has tried to rally international support against the government in neighboring Syria for its 14-month crackdown against opponents, was met with enthusiastic applause and shouts of "Long live Erodgan" at the Kilis refugee camp.

"Bashar is losing blood every day," Erdogan told the crowd of about 1,500 people less than a kilometer from the border.

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