Friday, June 10, 2011

Fleeing Syrians tell of revolt, mutiny, mayhem

Syrian policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
As more than 2,400 Syrians streamed across the open Turkish borders on Thursday ahead of tanks and troops who surrounded their hometown, they brought with them the first accounts of a week of revolt, mutiny and mayhem in Jisr al-Shughour. The streets were deserted, leaving no resistance against a regime equipped for all-out battle.

Even safe in Turkish camps 12 miles (20 kilometers) away, the Syrians said they feared the authoritarian government's reach and refused to allow their full names to be used.
Rami said he can't reach many of his friends.
"I fear for their lives," said Rami. "Assad's forces beheaded three young men from Latakia when they said they were going to Turkey. We buried them yesterday in a village across the border."
Story: Syrians fleeing fighting stream into neighboring Turkey

Image: An injured Syrian limps to a Turkish ambulance on the border
Burhan Ozbilici  /  AP
An injured Syrian limps to a Turkish ambulance on the border near the Turkish village of Guvecci in Hatay province, Turkey, on Thursday. About 1,000 Syrians fleeing violence crossed into Turkey overnight, raising the total number of refugees in the country to 1,600, a Turkish official said Thursday.

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