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article imageTurkey warns UN over increasing number of refugees fleeing Syria

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By Paul Iddon
Apr 6, 2012 in Politics
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Turkey has told the UN that it may need help in handling the large flow of refugees fleeing from the conflict that is currently engulfing Syria.
According to BBC News, Al Jazeera, Haaretz and several other media news outlets Turkey has informed the UN that it may need assistance in dealing with the large influx of Syrian refugees crossing the border, most of whom are civilians fleeing the war zone, more than 230,000 civilians have been displaced as a result of the year long hostilities between Bashar al Assads regime and various rebel factions attempting to overthrow it.
Just in the past 24 hours a reported 2,350 Syrians have poured over the border from the Syrian region of Idlib. This very large single day crossing comes amidst a worsening crisis in Syria contrary to Bashar Al Assad's assertion that troops are being withdrawn ahead of the UN deadline in order to put an end to the violence which has claimed some 9,000 lives since the uprising began in March of last year.
This brings the total number of refugees fleeing the Syria to neighbouring Turkey to 24,000.
The rate of refugees has also effectively doubled since the UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan set out a peace plan to end hostilities. Reports of sparodic violence from different parts of the country have been prevalent, however difficult to verify as the international media is currently being forbidden by the Assad regime from reporting in Syria. The Syrian government has claimed that the "armed gangs" that they claim are stirring up the violence have killed 2,000 security personnel in an attempt to destabilize the country.
The rebels and government are continuing to exchange diverging assertions about the situation, rebels and activists are stating the government is doing its utmost to complete its brutal crackdown by running out the clock under the International Community's feet whilst the government is accusing the "armed gangs" of taking advantage of their withdrawal of military forces from towns and cities by continuing their violence.
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