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Friday 11 July 2014

Turks flee as Syrian civil war closes in

Richard Spencer

Published 15/11/2012|05:00

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Turkey began evacuating villages close to its border with Syria yesterday and scrambled its air force as the Assad regime bombarded rebel positions yards from the frontier fence.

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It was said at least 1,000 people fled villages near the border town of Ceylanpinar.

The Syrian air force maintained its attacks of Ras al-Ayn, the Syrian town that touches on Ceylanpinar and is divided from it by a wire fence.

As Turkish jets circled the area, Ismet Yilmaz, the defence minister, ordered the air force to be prepared to retaliate in case of Syrian regime incursions. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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