Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

Video

Tight security for Syrian refugees

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 01:20

June 12 - Some of the thousands of Syrians that have fled to Turkey are filmed in a refugee camp set up near the border, despite tough security measures. Simon Hanna reports

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

This is one of three refugee camps set up in Turkey to accommodate Syrian refugees. The UN Refugee Agency says nearly 5,000 Syrians have fled here, with thousands more expected to arrive. The refugees are fleeing a crackdown on nationwide anti-government protests - but journalists have so far been unable to hear their stories. That's because Turkish authorities have restricted access to the Syrians, surrounding the makeshift tent village with heavy security. Turkey says the barbed wire fences and security patrols are to protect the refugees' privacy. Human rights groups say security forces in Syria have killed more than 1,100 civilians in increasingly bloody efforts to suppress demonstrations. Protesters are calling for President Bashar Al-Assad's removal, political freedom and an end to corruption and poverty. With most foreign correspondents banned from Syria, the testimony of these refugees could provide valuable insight into what's been happening there. It's not clear, however, when or if their stories will be heard. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Tight security for Syrian refugees

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 01:20