ISTANBUL - Syrian refugees have crossed to Turkey in growing numbers in recent days, frightened by a government assault to drive rebels from the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, officials said.
During the past year Turkey has turned against former friend President Bashar Assad over his brutal crackdown, and fears of massacres in Syrian towns and cities that are centers of opposition to his rule.
Close to 12,000 Syrians were registered at the camps set up to provide refuge for them in Turkey's southeast province of Hatay, after the arrival of around 800 during the past week, according to a Turkish foreign ministry official.
"After they saw what had happened in Baba Amr they were scared the same could happen to them. That's why they're trying to get out of the country," the official in the provincial capital of Antakya told Reuters by telephone.