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Turkey's Erdogan visits Reyhanli for the first time after twin bomb attacks

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 01:17

May 25 - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warns Reyhanli locals not to take revenge against Syrian refugees after car bombings spark an uproar. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Flags wave as crowds gather in a Turkish border town to welcome the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Just two weeks ago the town was the site of twin bomb attacks which killed more than 50 people. Turkey has accused Syria as involvement in the blast. But the Prime Ministers says don't take it out on Syrian refugees. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Please don't give any support to those who are trying to expel Syrian refugees from here. You should keep in mind that they are brothers and sisters." Turkey is home to some 400,000 Syrians. Erdogan has emerged as one of the most vocal leaders in the region supporting the uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Hopefully, I believe that Syrian opposition forces will topple this dictator soon. I believe that day is nearing." Earlier this week, Turkey shut its side of the last border crossing with Syria still controlled by Assad's government, stepping up security following the deadly bombings this month.

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Turkey's Erdogan visits Reyhanli for the first time after twin bomb attacks

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 01:17