Deputy police chief in Syria's Latakia flees to Turkey

July 30, 2012 12:00

ANKARA - The deputy police chief of Syria's western Latakia city, a brigadier general, defected and fled to Turkey overnight with 11 other Syrian officers, a Turkish official said on Monday.

The official said in addition to the officers, about 600 Syrians had crossed over into Turkey in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to around 43,500.

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