Syrian forces try to stem exodus of refugees to Turkey

Rights activists accuse pro-government forces of attacking people helping refugees as they try to escape from widening military assault.

Syrian refugee camp Turkey 311 (photo credit: Reuters)
Syrian refugee camp Turkey 311
(photo credit: Reuters)
AMMAN - Syrian forces swept through a northwestern border region on Sunday to stem an exodus of refugees to Turkey that is raising international pressure on President Bashar Assad, witnesses and a rights activist said.
Syrian human rights campaigner Ammara Qurabi also accused pro-government forces of attacking people who were helping the refugees as they tried to escape from a widening military assault to crush protests against Assad's autocratic rule.
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