Hundreds of Syrians flee across the border to Turkey

June 23, 2011 12:49


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AMMAN - Hundreds of Syrian refugees fled across the border into Turkey on Thursday to escape an assault on border regions in an escalating military campaign to punish popular dissent against President Bashar Assad, witnesses said.

"They are running in panic. They have seen what happened to their villages," said one refugee, a farmer from the Jisr al-Shugour area who gave his name as Maan.

The witnesses said the refugees streamed into Turkey from the Khirbet al-Joz region in Syria to near Guvecci in Turkey. Thousands of refugees are camped on the Syrian side of the border having escaped attacks on their villages and towns further south. More than 10,000 have crossed into Turkey over the past two weeks and are now in four official camps.

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