Witnesses: Syrian troops amass near Turkish border

By REUTERS
June 23, 2011 11:42

 
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AMMAN - Syrian troops massed on the Turkish border overnight, witnesses said on Thursday, escalating tensions with Ankara as Syrian President Bashar Assad uses increasing military force to try to crush a popular revolt.

Refugees from the northwestern province of Idlib said armored vehicles and troops were now as close as 500 meters from the border in the Khirbat al-Joz area.

A Reuters photographer in the Turkish border village of Guvecci saw three uniformed Syrian soldiers with a machinegun positioned on the roof of a house on top of a hill. Syrian armored personnel carriers were visible on a road running along the top of the hill, and machinegun fire was heard although it was not clear who the troops were firing at.

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