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Syrians flee violence to Turkey

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 01:27

Fearing a massacre, thousands of Syrians flock to Turkey as protesters in the US demand the UN take action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Thousands of tents dot this refugee camp in Turkey- a safe haven for Syrians flocking across the border. They are escaping months of violence and what they fear will be a massacre after 120 troops were reportedly killed this week. Nearly 3,000 have crossed Syria's northwestern border with Turkey to the camp. During a rally in New York, Ahmed Sidawy, a protester who said he escaped Syria through Turkey, showed a bullet wound and other scars. About 100 protesters gathered outside the UN headquarters in New York demanding the international body take action against President Bashar al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AHMED SIDAWY, 21-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN PROTESTER, SAYING: "I want to send (a) message to the United Nations. They must stop Bashar al-Assad and his regime because it's killing, and they're killing all my friends. I had two friends, my friends killed." Britain, France, Germany and Portugal have also asked the UN Security Council to condemn Assad, but Russia has opposed the move. The Syrian protests show no sign of abating, despite an escalating military crackdown. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Syrians flee violence to Turkey

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 01:27