Concern is growing about the fate of thousands of Syrian refugees living rough, close to the border with Turkey. They are believed to be fleeing Syria’s military crackdown.
Pictures filmed exclusively by euronews appear to show Syrian army tanks patrolling a border village in the north-west province of Idlib.
Campaigners say the military launched an operation on Saturday in the town of Bdama, whose bakeries had been sending bread to those at the border.
Witnesses claim access routes to and from the village have been sealed off, to prevent residents fleeing.
A euronews camera crew has crossed into Syrian territory. They encountered refugees on foot carrying food. Like many others, they had tales of horror to tell.
“The situation is very bad in Syria,” said one man. He came from the area surrounding the town of Jisr-al-Shoughur and the army is already there. He said there are rumours that arms are also being sent by Iran to the port of Latakia. These are rumours it is impossible to verify.
Turkish officials say the Turkish Red Crescent has begun to leave food parcels on the border to be picked up by those on the other side. The organisation has not crossed the border to deliver aid.
Turkish news agencies say the number of Syrians who have sought refuge in Turkey has now passed 10,600. The majority are children. The euronews’ correspondent in the region says thousands more are gathering at the border. Turkish officials estimate another 10,000 are waiting here.