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Syrian soldiers defect as military detains hundreds

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Syrian soldiers defect as military detains hundreds


More and more Syrians are fleeing across the border into Turkey as Syrian troops advance through northern and western regions of the country.

Witnesses claim troops are rounding up hundreds of people as they sweep through towns and villages where anti-government protests have been held.

But not all Syrian soldiers agree – one apparent conscript has joined the exodus across the border.

“I saw all the wounded and the dead,” he said. “I offered my help to bring the wounded in cars to the other side of the border into Turkey.”

More amateur footage has been received, said to show demonstrations from the weekend in Deraa.

The government says the unrest is a violent conspiracy backed by foreign powers.

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