9 Jun 2011

Refugees flee Syria violence

8:51 pm on 9 June 2011

Hundreds of refugees from Syria, some needing hospital treatment, have crossed the border into Turkey to flee unrest in their country.

According to the state-run Anatolian news agency, 1050 people have made the border crossing in a 24-hour period, marking a sharp acceleration in the numbers fleeing unrest in Syria.

The refugees say they fear bloodshed as the Syrian military prepares for an assault on the town of Jisr al-Shughur.

Residents who stayed in the town have set up road-blocks in an attempt to stop security forces from entering.

Turkey said it would not close its doors to those seeking refuge.

Meanwhile, Britain and France have presented a revised draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate end to the violence in Syria.

It demands the lifting of the seiges of several cities.

Russia voiced the strongest opposition to the resolution but the draft was supported by Washington.