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Syrian Generals Flee to Turkey After Quitting Assad Army

March 09, 2012

Four Syrian generals fled to refugee camps in Turkey after defecting from President Bashar al-Assad’s military amid an increase in the number of people crossing the border to escape yearlong violence.

At least 234 people, including the generals as well as two colonels, a lieutenant colonel and two sergeants, arrived in the southern Hatay province’s Reyhanli district, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported, citing local governor Yusuf Guler and people it didn’t identify. There are more than 10,000 Syrians in camps set up by the Red Crescent in Hatay by the border.

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