More than 120 Syrians seek refuge in Turkey – report


A total 122 Syrians, including women and children, fled across the border into Turkey overnight seeking refuge from the unrest in northwest Syria, Turkish state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

Syrians have fled the town of Jisr al-Shughour fearing bloodshed as troops with tanks approached, under orders to hit back after the government accused armed bands there of killing scores of security men.

Those who have crossed the border were being housed in tents set up by the Red Crescent in the Yayladagi district of southern Turkey’s Hatay province just north of the Syrian border, Reuters reports.

A Turkish foreign ministry official said around 420 people have crossed the border from Syria since the bloody protests started there in March.

Turkish television pictures showed wounded people being taken to hospitals in southern Turkey.

Turkey has built strong ties with Syria in recent years and has been exerting growing pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calling on him to introduce “shock therapy” reforms to end the trouble.

Turkey holds parliamentary elections on June 12.