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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 03:33 PM
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Syrian troops target villagers near Turkish border
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Source: The Guardian

Syrian troops have moved closer to the Turkish border as they sweep through villages north of Jisr al-Shughour, rounding up hundreds of people they claim are linked to armed gangs.

Turkey was on Monday assembling a fifth refugee camp in its southern border towns, but with the number of Syrians who have crossed the boundary topping 7,000, these camps may not be sufficient to deal with the fast-increasing number of people in need of help.

"There are 7,000 people across the border, more and more women and children are coming towards the barbed wires," said Abu Ali, one of those who left Jisr al-Shughour. "Jisr is finished, it is razed," he told Associated Press.

Several thousand more Syrians remain within sight of the Turkish border fence but appear to be trying to wait out the crisis in the hope that they can return to their properties in their home town. Many have brought with them livestock and worldly possessions that they would have to leave behind if they crossed the frontier.

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