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Syrians flee Aleppo for Turkish border – NHK (August 13, 2012)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Laaska News August 14, 2012

Tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing from the northern city of Aleppo to areas bordering Turkey in an attempt to avoid intensifying fighting.

Several hundred people waited at the Salama checkpoint on Monday for the Turkish government to issue entry permits.

The checkpoint is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and located about 50 kilometers north of Aleppo.

Refugees lined up to receive water and baby formula from the opposition forces.

Children who fled with their parents were playing with artillery shells scattered around their shelter.

A 48-year-old man told NHK his house was burned down by government forces. He fled from Aleppo 4 days ago with his 7 children.

He said he ran away as the fighting is growing fiercer. He expressed regret that his family has to live in a refugee camp without friends.

The Turkish government officials said 10,000 people have fled to the border area over the past 4 days, bringing the total to about 60,000. They are preparing for building more shelters to make up for shortages of temporary housing.

Aug. 13, 2012