Syrian forces fire at refugees in Turkey; deaths reported (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais, agencies Latest Update: 04.09.12, 13:23)
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Government official says Syrian forces attacked refugee camp near
Kilis; some news agencies say at least 2 killed. State TV: Turkish
Syrian forces on Monday fired across the border toward protesters at
a refugee camp in Turkey in the first such attack since Turkey began
sheltering thousands of refugees last summer, authorities said.
Some news agencies said at least two people were killed in the
attack, but the reports could not be immediately confirmed. A number
of other people were wounded.
A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line
with government rules, said Turkey immediately protested the incident
to the Syrian charge d´affaires and asked that the fire be halted.
Two refugees and one Turkish citizen, a translator, were wounded
inside the camp near the town of Kilis in the southwestern Gaziantep
province, he said.
Gaziantep Gov. Yusuf Odabas said the translator had entered the camp
to try to help calm a protest against the Syrian regime. Border
crossings from Syria into the Kilis area were stopped after the
attack, the governor said.
Turkish security forces were reinforced in the well-marked border
area following the attack, state television said.
Odabas said, meanwhile, that two of 13 Syrians who had been wounded
in clashes inside Syria and were brought to Kilis for treatment
earlier Monday have died.
More than 24,000 refugees have crossed from Syria into Turkey. Syrian
forces are escalating attacks across the country to try to crush a 13-
month uprising against President Bashar Assad.
Turkey´s prime minister said Saturday that his country will
wait "patiently" to see if Syria abides by a ceasefire deadline, but
may take certain "steps" if the violence does not stop after that.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not specify what measures Turkey would take.
But Ankara has in the past floated the idea of creating a buffer zone
inside Syria if refugee flows become overwhelming.
Separately, a leading international human rights group said Syrian
forces have summarily executed more than 100 people, most of them
civilians. This includes several mass executions in the restive
provinces of Homs and Idlib, Monday´s report by Human Rights Watch
The New-York-based group says it only included cases corroborated by
witnesses but has received more reports of similar incidents. The
executions took place over the past four months, with most in March.
An internationally brokered truce requires Syrian forces to pull out
of population centers by Tuesday. But Assad´s government now wants
guarantees that rebels will lay down their arms. AP, AFP contributed
to the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/09/12)
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