Hundreds of Syrians escape into Lebanon after unrest

April 28, 2011 14:11


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Hundreds of Syrians on Thursday escaped into northern Lebanon after they said violence errupted in the Syrian border town of Tall Kalahkh, AFP reported.

Among those fleeing into Lebanon, most were women and children who carried mattresses and other belongings with them as they crossed over through an unofficial border post in the Wadi Khaled region.

The Lebanese mayor of a town located near the Syrian border, said nearly 700 people had fled into the country and were seeking refuge with family and friends.

"A few people fled last night but the pace really picked up this morning beginning at 8:00 am (0500 GMT)," Khazaal told AFP. "Most of those fleeing have family in the Wadi Khaled region."

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