Report: 71 Syrian soldiers flee to Turkey

Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — 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.

Meanwhile, 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 neighboring 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.

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