Syrians fleeing country
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Children in refugee camp in Turkey
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Syrian President Bashar Assad
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UN: 10,000 Syrians flee country

UN official reports Syrians seek refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, due to brutal repression by Assad's regime. British FM says Tehran helping Damascus

More than 10,000 Syrians have fled their country Monday in search of refuge in Turkey and Lebanon, due to the brutal repression by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Valerie Amos.


Amos expressed her deep concern over the violent incidents in Syrian over the past months, reportedly killing 1,200 people and forcing more than 10,000 others to flee their country.



She called upon the Syrian government to respect civilians and refrain from using force against the peaceful demonstrators.


The arrival of Syrian refugees fleeing repression in their country has intensified in the last 24 hours, causing some 5,000 Syrians to seek refuge in Turkey and another 5,000 in Lebanon.


The British government emphasized its position regarding Iranian regime’s role in suppressing Syrian people, AFP reported on Thursday.


AFP quoted British Foreign Secretary William Hague as saying: "We have seen credible information suggesting Iran is helping Syria with the suppression of protests there, including through the provision of expertise and equipment. The spokesperson also said that the issue had already been discussed with the Iranian regime’s charge d’affaires in London."


He also accused Iran of hypocrisy in supporting the Arab spring pro-democracy movements while continuing to back the Syrian regime.


"The main thing we are trying to do is get a resolution from the UN security council. That is much more difficult than in the case of Libya. A country like Russia, for instance, has a much closer relationship with Syria than it has had with Libya in recent years," he said.


A draft resolution is circulating at the UN but Russia and China, which have so far effectively shielded the Syrian regime from international censure and tougher sanctions, did not show up for a scheduled meeting on Saturday to discuss it, and have hinted they may veto it.



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