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More than 1,000 Syrians flee into Turkey

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More than 1,000 Syrians flee into Turkey


More than 1,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, taking refuge in a tent camp to escape a government crackdown at home.

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees gave the figures, based on information from the Turkish Red Crescent and foreign ministry.

Syria’s neighbour has opened its doors to the new arrivals. More are expected to make the journey to Turkey’s southern province of Hatay soon.

There has been a mass exodus from the restive town of Jisr al-Shughour in northern Syria amid fears military violence there could intensify.

Horror stories are emerging. One refugee said security forces fired at people, killing over 20 and injuring more than 40. He says they poisoned the main water container supplying the town.

Media restrictions in Syria mean it is near impossible to verify such accounts.

Fears of a military backlash over the reported deaths of 120 members of the security forces in Jisr al-Shughour prompted its residents to flee.

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