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8,000 Syrians flee to Turkey

Mass exodus overnight brings total number of refugees across border to 120,000

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Syrian people cross the border between Syria and Turkey on Thursday, to enter the town of Ceylanpinar in Turkey. Clashes broke out early in the morning in the Rasulayn region of Syria's al-Hasakah province, a few hundred meters from Ceylanpinar, whose residents could hear the sound of mortar fire and intense shooting across the border.
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Ankara: Some 8,000 Syrian refugees fled to Turkey overnight amid escalating clashes between rebel forces and troops loyal to Damascus near the border, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.

The latest influx brought the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to more than 120,000, added the official on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Turkey's state-run agency says 71 Syrian soldiers, including two generals and 11 colonels, have fled to Turkey.

Anadolu Agency says Friday the group arrived in the Turkish border province of Hatay seeking refuge. They were taken to a camp that shelters military defectors, including dozens of other generals.

Clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebels continued for a second day around the town of Ras Al Ayn, in Al Hasaka province in northeastern Syria, forcing Turkish authorities to keep schools in the neighbouring Turkish town of Ceylanpinar closed.

Turkish officials said Thursday the rebels had taken control of the border crossing in Ras Al Ayn but clashes continued around a security building.

Turkey is sheltering more than 112,000 Syrian refugees.