Syrian Colonel Among 151 Crossing Into Turkey, Anatolia Says

A colonel and a lieutenant-colonel in the Syrian military were among 151 Syrians who crossed the border into Turkey last night seeking refuge, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported today.

About 35,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape the violence in their country, and the number of military defections has been increasing, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told Anatolia yesterday.

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