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Turkey to Increase Security at Syrian Refugee Camps, Sabah Says

March 15, 2012

Turkey is increasing security at camps housing more than 13,000 Syrians, seeking to protect refugees from President Bashar al-Assad’s intelligence agents as they flee the violence, Sabah reported, citing decisions taken at a security summit in Istanbul.

The police department is setting up fingerprint-access to a new camp with container-housing in the southeastern province of Kilis, the Istanbul-based newspaper said. Turkish authorities will also use X-ray machines to screen goods entering the area, which will be under around-the-clock surveillance, it said.

The measures are put in place to thwart attempts to kidnap Syrian dissidents and former military officials from Turkey, Sabah reported. Turkish officials previously foiled two bids by Syria’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency to seize defectors.

Until now, Turkey has been housing Syrians escaping the violence in tent camps close to the border in Hatay province, where at least 765 people sought refuge yesterday, according to the newspaper.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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