Syrian refugees fear backlash in Turkey after bombings

By REUTERS
May 13, 2013 18:47

REYHANLI, Turkey- Syrian refugees in Turkey say they fear a backlash after car bombings that killed 50 people and wounded many others over the weekend in a border town.

Turkey is home to some 400,000 refugees from the two-year civil war in Syria, and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as one of the most vocal leaders in the region supporting the uprising against Syria's Bashar Assad.

The bombings in the border town of Reyhanli have increased fears that Syria's civil war is dragging in neighboring states, despite renewed diplomatic moves to end it. Damascus has denied Turkish allegations it was involved in the blasts.

"We are putting our trust in God but our fear is that people will blame us for the bombings and will attack us. We have to protect ourselves," said 75-year-old Mohammad Nuh, one of thousands of Syrian refugees living in Reyhanli.


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