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Syria Repels Armed Group Seeking Entry From Turkey, SANA Reports

December 06, 2011

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Syrian border security forces repelled an armed group of 35 men who tried to enter the country from Turkey, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported, without saying how it got the information.

The men, identified as members of a “terrorist group,” clashed with Syrian forces in the province of Idlib and fled back to Turkey as some of them were injured, according to SANA. The border patrol suffered no losses, the news agency said.

The region is to the east of Turkey’s southernmost province of Antakya, where thousands of Syrians who fled President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on protesters live in tent cities. Riad al- As’ad, a former Syrian colonel who left his post to form the Free Syrian Army with other defectors, is among those who sought refuge in the province.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at

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