More than 2,400 Syrian refugees have now fled into neighboring Turkey. The figure is expected to grow as Syrians continue to cross the border to escape potential violence in their home country.
On Wednesday, hundreds from the north-western city of Jisr al-Shughur rushed to Turkey in fear that an armed security force would enter the city. They were followed by about one thousand more refugees during the night. Those leaving the country, which shares an 80 kilometer border with Turkey, expect more violence to come.
Most of the refugees are being sheltered a tent-city erected near the Turkish town of Yayladagi in the Hatay province. Turkish officials state that they are building a second camp and can currently support 5,000 people.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that he will keep his promise to keep borders open to all Syrians seeking asylum.
Civil unrest began in Syria twelve weeks ago. According to Turkish officials, refugees started to enter Turkey on April 29, soon after the government began clashing with protestors in March. Earlier in the week, a protest in the border town of Jisr al-Shughur turned violent and 120 people were killed, according to Syrian officials.