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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Populations at Risk in Syria

The Arab Spring has spawned protests in Syria that have been brutally beaten back by the government and, not surprisingly, the result has been a flow of refugees from northwest Syria (the area of major protests) into Turkey. BBC News reports that:

More than 4,000 Syrian refugees have already fled into Turkey and aid agencies are anxious to get into the country.
Hicham Hassan from the International Red Cross in Geneva talks to the BBC and says they are getting reports that the number of injuries in the past week has increased but have still not been given access to the country.
The US government has charged Syria with creating a humanitarian crisis.
Thousands streamed out of the town of Jisr al-Shughour, on the road between Syria's second city Aleppo and the country's main port of Latakia.
"When the massacre happened in Jisr al-Shughour the army split, or they started fighting each other and blamed it on us," a woman refugee, who refused to give her name, told Turkish news channel NTV.
Unlike in Libya, however, other nations have thus far not intervened, and the situation continues to unfold.

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