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12 June 2011 :: 11:06:01 am 54897

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey

London, 12 June 2011 - Syrian troops were killing, burning and bulldozing houses in the dissident city of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, as conditions worsened for thousands of people who have fled the regime’s crackdown to hide in the hills behind the Turkish border, the Financial Times reports.
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“The soldiers entered today. They destroyed everything – they smashed shops, burnt cars,” said a young man who had left the city that morning to cross to the Turkish border village of Guvecci. The army had attacked with tanks and helicopters, and he had seen “countless” dead bodies, he said. “Most people have left the city but perhaps 20 per cent are left, and the soldiers are treating them very badly.”

Soldiers had already swept through villages in the area of Jisr al-Shughour on Friday, burning crops and houses and shooting indiscriminately. “They cut the water, the bread, they want to kill everything they see,” said a 23 year-old young Syrian who had crossed to Guvecci to fetch food, and feared that his village – where four army officers had just defected to join the opposition – would be targeted next.

Nebil, a Turkish resident speaking to friends across the border, said Syrian troops had surrounded the town of Ma’arat al Numan, south east of Jisr al Shughour, one of many places across Syria where people defied the regime to protest on Friday.

Report By : AFP

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