Syrians staying in Turkish refugee camps are protesting an outbreak of violence from the Syrian government that has left three demonstrators dead since Thursday morning’s ceasefire.
The refugees at Yayladagi in the Turkish region of Hatay, are taking part in a wave of rallies across Syria after Friday prayers. UN envoy for the crisis Kofi Annan visited the camp on Tuesday.
Turkey and Lebanon have begun to receive aid for the increasing number of Syrian refugees. It is estimated around 25,000 are in neighbouring Turkey, living in camps like Yayladagi after fleeing the violence.
“My country is very precious to me. I hope to return as soon as possible after the departure of Assad. We thank all the media, Turkey, European countries, the United States. Thank you,” said one man staying at the Turkish refugee camp in Kilis.
Another man at the camp asked Turkey for help in getting rid of Syria’s president: “We ask the Turkish government to make more of an effort to help us get rid of Bashar al-Assad. I am not well informed about what’s happening in our country because there are problems with communication, like the phones and internet.”
An incident near the refugee camp in Kilis, where Syrian troops opened fire across the border killing two men trying to reach the facility in the early hours of Monday morning, has increased tensions between Ankara and Damascus.