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Hundreds of Syrians pour into Turkey in 24 hours
Nearly 400 Syrians poured into Turkey in the last 24 hours seeking refuge amid a recent surge in violence in the strife-torn country, a Turkish official said Saturday.
"There has been an increase in the number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey after the latest assaults. 396 people -- four of whom were injured, crossed in through the border town of Reyhanli in a single day," said the official.
This brought the total number of Syrians who have fled to Turkey to 24,433, according to official figures provided by Ankara.
The refugees have found shelter mainly in the border provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep and Sanliurfa and Kilis.
Last week, Turkey ordered Syrian diplomats at the Ankara embassy to leave the country following the massacre of more than 100 civilians in Houla which has triggered global outrage.
The foreign ministry also warned it would take additional measures if the Damascus regime continued to commit such violence, without elaborating on its possible action.
Turkey, once a strong ally of Syria, broke with Damascus after President Bashar al-Assad's regime began cracking down on dissent in March last year.