AFP
Last updated: 3 August, 2012

Another Syrian general defects to Turkey

Another Syrian brigadier general has crossed the border into Turkey to join the ranks of opposition fighters, bringing the total number of rebel generals in Turkey to 29, a diplomat said Friday.

The general was accompanied by his family, he told AFP.

Senior Syrian officers have been crossing into Turkey to link up with the Free Syrian Army on a near daily basis in recent months, often accompanied by rank-and-file troops.

Turkey has also welcomed some 45,500 refugees from the violence in Syria, who are sheltering in several camps along the border.

The Syrian military defectors are staying in a separate camp where security is tighter.