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News, July 2013
5,000 Syrians Killed Monthly, 6,000 Flee the Country Daily Because of the Civil War
July 17, 2013
Turkish teen killed by gunfire from Syria border clashes
Al-Arabiya, Wednesday, 17 July 2013
A 17-year-old Turk died as a result of initial gunfire injuries in a southeastern town on Wednesday after being hit by stray gunfire coming across the border from war-torn Syria, Turkish media reported.
Mahsun Ertugrul died in hospital after receiving a gunshot to the chest in the small Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar on Tuesday, Dogan news agency said.
A 15-year-old boy from the same town was in intensive care after being struck in the head by a bullet from Syria, it added.
Ceylanpinar lies across from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain where rebels from the Free Syrian Army have been clashing with Kurdish fighters loyal to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Syria’s branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Spillover from the fighting, including ricocheting bullets, has injured numerous civilians on the Turkish side in recent months.
Kurds comprise 10 percent of Syria’s total population, with most living in the north of the embattled country.
Since the outbreak of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad more than two years ago, most Kurds have tried to ensure that their areas remained violence-free.
Last summer, Assad’s forces withdrew from majority Kurdish areas, and Kurdish militia became responsible for security there.
Although many Kurds feel hostile to a regime that has oppressed them for decades, they have also tried to keep the rebels out of the areas they control in order to avoid sparking a confrontation with the army.
The death of the teenage boy sparked anger in Ceylanpinar, where locals tried to prevent an injured Syrian who was evacuated to Turkey from being taken to hospital before being dispersed by police, Dogan said.***
Syria rebels reinforce key suburb in Damascus battle
Al-Arabiya, Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Reuters, Beirut --
Syrian rebels poured reinforcements into a key Damascus suburb on Tuesday in an attempt to push back government troops who have renewed their campaign to secure the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the country.
Fighting centered on Qaboun, a rebel-held district where Syrian
troops backed by tanks and artillery had made inroads on Monday as part
of efforts to consolidate control over Damascus, President Bashar
al-Assad's power base.
Britain, meanwhile, said it would give Syrian rebels equipment to
protect themselves against chemical and biological weapons as "a matter
of special urgency".
Elsewhere in the city, nine people including a child were killed at
an army checkpoint, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a
statement. Quoting activists in the area, the British-based group said
they were all shot in the head.
U.N. says 5,000 a month dying in worsening Syria war
Al-Arabiya, Tuesday, 16 July 2013
AFP, United States
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