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Rising Syrian exodus to Turkish refugee camps

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Rising Syrian exodus to Turkish refugee camps


Turkish authorities say the number of refugees who have crossed the border from Syria now tops the 10,000 mark.

In the camps there is an air of permanency with running hot and cold water, televisions and children’s play areas. There is also a small hospital to provide medical care for the injured.

Many have fled from the crackdown on anti-government protesters in the town of Jisr al-Shughour. It is claimed the streets are now empty with no one left in the town.

Angelina Joli in her role as goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner was planning to visit some of the camps in Turkey on Friday afternoon.

While the streets of Jisr-al Shughour are quiet at the moment, it is understood more protests are planned today, the day of Muslim prayers, which have usually witnessed the biggest protests and the heaviest bloodshed of the three-month unrest.

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