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Villagers, Fearing Reprisal, Flee To Turkey

June 08 2011


Scores of residents of the Syrian border town of Jir al-Shughour have fled into nearby Turkey to avoid a possible attack by Syrian forces, Reuters reports.

The Syrian government has accused residents of the town of killing 120 security personnel and vowed a military response.

Troops, supported by about 40 tanks and armored vehicles, have deployed in villages around the town, said villagers.

The Turkish government promised not to turn away refugees and urged Damascus to halt...

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