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Turkey says Syria planting mines to stop refugees

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As Turkey prepares more camps for Syrian refugees Ankara is adding its weight to claims that Damascus’ forces have planted mines along the border to stop people fleeing the country.

Hundreds of people are said to be arriving in Turkey every day as a crackdown against opponents of President Bashar al Assad intensifies. Turkey’s foreign ministry says a Syrian general is among those to have fled.

Many of the refugees have come from the region around Idlib. Syrian state media says government forces have cleared the city of what were described as “armed terrorists.”

Fighting has continued in other areas as the revolt enters its second year. The UN estimates around 8,000 people have been killed in the past 12 months of violence, some 2,000 of them government forces.