Hundreds of people are stranded on Syria’s border with Turkey, fleeing the elite army units reportedly sweeping through the restive northern province to quell anti-government dissent.
They hope to join the eight thousand plus who have already made it over the border. The influx of refugees is drawing Ankara into the maelstrom.
“There is no way we will close the door to our Syrian brothers and sisters,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister told reporters,“we will not stop them coming, even if more than 10,000 come. It is out of the question.”
Along the Turkish side of the 800 kilometre border, they are getting ready for more refugees to arrive.
The Turkish Red Crescent says tent camps capable of sheltering 10,000 are being set up near the city of Mardin.
Syrians are fleeing the crackdown in which, it is estimated, more than a thousand mostly civilians have already been killed.