Turkey has opened its borders to Syrian refugees as they flee their homes out of fear military violence could escalate to a new heightened level.
Ankara has remonstrated with Damascus, urging the government to curb its aggression against its own civilians.
Dozens of those who arrive wounded are given medical care once they cross the frontier at Hatay. Their town of Jisr al-Shughour was where 120 Syrian troops were recently killed.
Over 600 refugees are now being housed in temporary tents. The Syrian official version of what happened in Jisr al-Shughour claims gunmen killed the troops. Residents report the army mutinied.
Either way, those who remain there are defiantly holding night-time rallies against the regime of president Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian soldiers have been seen heading towards Jisr al-Shughour, apparently intending to restore the regime’s idea of order.