Activists faced down at Syrian border

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At Kilis on Turkey’s border with Syria organisers of a humanitarian aid convoy have gone on hunger strike to protest at the refusal by Damascus to let them enter.

About 200 mostly expatriate Syrians of the Freedom Convoy turned up at the border on Thursday. Their aid was refused, and the border gates were closed.

“We are doing this hunger strike today because the government of Syria didn’t allow the aid to enter. So we are trying to put pressure on the Turkish government to put pressure on the Syrians to allow the humanitarian aid in,” said activist Nizar Albarajani.

Tents went up overnight as a group decided to maintain a round-the-clock vigil until the frontier opened.

The Syrians have met in Turkey from the US, Europe and the rest of the world through a social networking site. The aid they bring is a token, some blankets, food and medical supplies, but they are determined to get it through.