Report: Syrian legislator flees to Turkey

Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says a Syrian legislator from the northern city of Aleppo has fled to Turkey and warned that Syria was preparing for a massive offensive on cities where rebels are fighting government forces.

The rebels are locked in fierce fighting with the government troops in the commercial capital of Aleppo for six days and are bracing for an attack amid reports that the regime is massing reinforcements to retake the embattled city of 3 million

The Anadolu agency says Friday Ikhlas Badawi has defected in protest of the Syrian regime's "violence against the people."

She would be the first member of Syria's parliament to defect.

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