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Apr 12, 2012

Turkey says NATO has duty to defend Syrian border

ANKARA (Reuters) – NATO-member Turkey has formally reported an incident in which two Turks were wounded by gunfire from Syria this week to the United Nations and NATO, and said the military alliance had a duty to protect Turkey’s borders.

At least five people, including two Turkish officials, were wounded on Monday when cross-border shooting hit a refugee camp in Turkey’s Kilis province along the Syrian border.

Apr 3, 2012

Turkey says U.N. “indirectly” backs Syria oppression

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday of indirectly supporting the “oppression” of the Syrian people by failing to adopt a united stance on Syria.

Once a friend of Damascus, Turkey has become a fierce critic of President Bashar al-Assad over his year-long crackdown on his opponents and has called for the Syrian leader to step down.

Mar 29, 2012

Syrian suspicions swirl over Iranian hand in Assad’s repression

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) – The Syrian rebel fighter pulled a small copper-plated bullet from his trouser pocket, offering it as supporting evidence as he leveled charges of Iranian involvement in President Bashar al-Assad’s army crackdown.

“These are what they are firing on us,” rebel fighter Ayham told Reuters outside the Reyhanli refugee camp in Turkey’s southern Hatay province, where thousands of Syrians have fled.

Mar 29, 2012

Feature – Syrian suspicions swirl over Iranian hand in Assad’s repression

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) – The Syrian rebel fighter pulled a small copper-plated bullet from his trouser pocket, offering it as supporting evidence as he levelled charges of Iranian involvement in President Bashar al-Assad’s army crackdown.

“These are what they are firing on us,” rebel fighter Ayham told Reuters outside the Reyhanli refugee camp in Turkey’s southern Hatay province, where thousands of Syrians have fled.

Mar 23, 2012

Ambushed, outgunned, Syrian rebels plead for arms

YAYLADAGI, Turkey (Reuters) – Puffing hard on a cigarette, the Syrian rebel relived the moment earlier this week when his band of fighters was caught in Syrian army crossfire as they tried to smuggle a wounded comrade over the hilly border to Turkey.

“They fired from all directions, from above and from below. Then more soldiers appeared right in front of us,” said Musa, a scrawny 28-year-old, told Reuters back in the safety of Turkey’s southeastern province of Hatay, which once belonged to Syria.

Mar 21, 2012

Wounded Syrians recount horror of tank assaults

REYHANLI, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) – Like most
demonstrators in the crowd, Syrian university student Muaz Jaban
was undaunted when soldiers began firing on their
anti-government protest in his northern hometown of Ma’arra last
week.

So the commanding officer ordered tanks to open fire.

Now lying in a Turkish hospital bed barely a kilometre from
the Syrian border, the 22-year-old student of Arabic literature
stares blankly at the bandaged stumps that were once his legs.

Mar 18, 2012

Yemeni Nobel Laureate tells Syrians: Assad’s time is up

BOYNUYOGUN, Turkey (Reuters) – Yemeni Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakul Karman, a key figure in the revolt that brought down President Ali Abdullah Saleh, urged Syrian refugees in Turkey on Sunday not to lose hope, saying their president’s reign would also come to an end.

“The whole world knows you are right. The blood you have spilled will not go to waste, God willing. You will return to freedom,” Karman told a crowd of refugees inside the Boynuyogun camp, one of several in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.

Mar 17, 2012

Safe in Turkey, a family flees rape, torture in Syria

BOYNUYOGUN, Turkey (Reuters) – It took three long days for 60-year-old Abdullah, his wife and son to hike across the hills to Turkey from their Syrian coastal city of Latakia, stopping only to hide from patrolling soldiers or to eat the sandwiches his wife had prepared for their escape.

When they finally reached their destination – a hole cut in the barbed wire fence that marks the Turkish-Syrian border – the grey-bearded father of eight was hungry, frightened and exhausted.

Mar 16, 2012

Turkey considers Syria buffer zone; Annan seeks unity

ANKARA, BOYNU YOGUN, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey said on Friday it might set up a “buffer zone” inside Syria to protect refugees fleeing President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, raising the prospect of foreign intervention in the year-long revolt.

With the uprising entering its second year, U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan urged the Security Council to end its divisions over Syria and work to help a peace mission mired in difficulty.

Mar 16, 2012

Turkey considering “buffer zone” along Syria border

ANKARA/BOYNU YOGUN, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey is considering setting up a buffer zone inside Syria to tackle the flow of refugees fleeing the conflict there, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, comments that stirred celebrations by Syrians sheltering in Turkish camps.

Turkey is wary of military intervention that could bring it into confrontation with Syrian forces, but has signalled that a large flood of refugees crossing its borders, or massacres by Syrian government troops, could force it to act. It says any such operation would need some form of international agreement and involvement.