Syria has lost one of its last regional allies following its armoured assault today on the town of Jisr al-Shughour on the Turkish border.
Thousands of Syrian refugees are now on Turkish soil. Today after condemning what he called “atrocities” being carried out by the Syrian regime on anti-government protesters, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has had enough:
“I am saying clearly that President Assad’s brother Mahir is behaving inhumanely; his secret service is heading towards a massacre. It will trigger the UN Security Council, and it is already preparing a case against the regime. After all that has happened, Turkey can no longer defend Syria,” he said in a television interview.
Turkey already has nearly 3000 people from the area around the besieged town in tented camps, and fears more could be on the way. It is considering setting up a buffer zone along the Syrian border if the thousands become hundreds of thousands.
Following Friday prayers there were again demonstrations across Syria, including a rare march in a suburb of the capital Damascus. Activists say one person was shot dead by security forces there.