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Turks flee as Syrian civil war closes in

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.

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)

Irish Independent