INTERNATIONAL > Syrians revolt, fly own flag at refugee camp in Turkey

GAZİANTEP - Doğan News Agency

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Syrian refugees started a riot in a Gaziantep refugee camp today, taking down the Turkish flag and replacing it with their own, Doğan news agency reported.
Syrian refugees at the site began protesting about the 1,500 Turkmen refugees that had been added to the camp, precipitating a verbal argument with security officials. The row soon escalated into a riot as hundreds of Syrians took Turkish police officers hostage and seized their guns. The Turkish flag at the entrance was taken down and refugees replaced it with their own.
Syrian refugees also heavily damaged the central building nearby while destroying computers and crime-scene vehicles on the scene. Local authorities immediately asked for back up.
Special forces soon arrived and entered the camp, dispersing the rioters. Turkish citizens also tried to intervene but were prevented from doing so by security officials. 
Turkish citizens quickly took down the Syrian opposition flag, replacing it with the original Turkish one.


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Sev Cihan

7/24/2012 6:32:43 PM

and this are the people turkey tries to help....

mara mcglothin

7/23/2012 6:55:30 PM

He who hesistates is lost! TURK UZAN Coulda woulda shoulda. We don't even know who the "rebel" forces are. You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. If Turkey(the World) had helped and innocents had been killed then it would be our fault. You can't have it both ways. Ultimatelly Syrians need to set a course toward their own destiny without outside intervention. Turkey has to control its borders and its aid better. SAM You first have to know democracy before you can want it.

Joshua Bronxman

7/23/2012 3:17:54 PM

Consider incitement provoked by a few regime supporters. Weed them out quickly. The vast majority of refugees are grateful to Tukey.

Frederick Melick

7/23/2012 1:36:35 PM

I am a Syrian/Australian and i am ashamed at the rebel soldiers in the refugee camp for raising a flag on Turkish soil,who do they think they are.Turkish hospitality should be respected at all levels,they need to apologise for their actions!.Thank you.

jon wilson

7/22/2012 10:18:04 PM

the whole of the southern turkish border should be sealed off!!!! keep these arabs / kurds out of turkey!!!!! or at least create that buffer zone!!!

Jack Jones

7/22/2012 10:09:44 PM

Feed the crow and it will pick out your eyes.

american american

7/22/2012 10:04:47 PM

aren't these the same people who were asking for water a few days ago? the problem isn't turkmen or arab mentality, the problem is inadequate care (ask the earthquake survivors in van) and the addition of 1,500 new mouths...

ismail demir

7/22/2012 9:51:19 PM

Turkey made mistake by taking kurdish refugees at 16. century , I hope will not do the second mistake.

Thracian Anatolian

7/22/2012 9:31:26 PM

Apparently these people came into Turkey simply for free accommodation and food, had they really been escaping from the blood bath as they claimed, I am sure they could not have acted so recklessly.

sam stevens

7/22/2012 8:02:41 PM

Oh dear, and these are the people who want democracy ?
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