About 8,000 Syrians flee to Turkey overnight-official

ANKARA Fri Nov 9, 2012 5:25am EST

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ANKARA Nov 9 (Reuters) - About 8,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, a Turkish foreign ministry official said on Friday, bringing the total number of refugees in Turkey to around 120,000.

State-run Anatolian news agency also reported on Friday that 26 Syrian officers had defected from the Syrian military to Turkey overnight.

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