Former Assad regime soldiers escape to take refuge in Turkey

Two soldiers, formerly loyal to Assad regime escape to take refuge in Turkey

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Turkish soldiers in a military vehicle patrol on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province, southern Turkey October 12, 2012

Updated Jan 21, 2016

Two soldiers, formerly loyal to Bashar al Assad's Syrian regime have escaped the war in Syria and fled to Turkey’s southern bordering province Hatay to seek refuge.

According to Turkish media outlets, the two soldiers escaped the regime controlled area and travelled to the Yayladagi border crossing, where they surrendered to Turkish Border Security Forces.

They specified that they had fled the regime to take refuge in Turkey, and were later handed to Turkish Security Forces.

Turkey has opposed the Assad regime since the start of the war over crimes against its people.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has reported that Assad regime forces have been forced to kill civilians on many occasions, and soldiers who attempted to avoid the killings or defection have been faced with atrocious deaths.

The UN estimates that the five-year-long civil war in Syria has left over 250,000 people dead and nearly 8 million displaced internally while at least 5.4 million have fled to neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.

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