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Turkey Raises Alarm Over Syrian Refugees

April 06, 2012

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said his country might need United Nations' help if more Syrian refugees arrive in Turkey.

Davutoglu said he spoke to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to inform him after 2,500 refugees crossed into Turkey during the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number there to nearly 24,000.

In Syria, activists said security forces continued their offensive against opposition fighters in Damascus suburbs and other areas across the country.

The offensive is an apparent attempt to crush pockets of rebellion less than a week before an internationally sponsored cease-fire is to go into effect.

Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, told the UN General Assembly on April 5 that there are fresh reports of "alarming" casualties in Syria.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa


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