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Syria forces storm border town - witnesses

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Syria forces storm border town - witnesses


Refugees continue to stream across the border from Syria into Turkey as the military campaign to crush an anti-government revolt escalated.

Witnesses said Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border on Saturday, burning houses and arresting dozens of people.

With thousands fleeing the crackdown, and unknown numbers of dead and wounded, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jakob Kellenberger, was due to hold talks with Syrian officials in Damascus on expanding its relief effort in the country.

Saturday’s reported attack was on the Syrian border town of Bdama, from which people have been providing food and supplies to thousands who are camped out in fields on the Syrian side of the frontier having escaped the violence in and around Jisr al-Shughour.

Refugees from the northwestern region said troops and gunmen loyal to Assad are carrying out a scorched earth campaign by burning crops, ransacking houses and shooting people randomly.

Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as Assad tries to maintain his grip on power.

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