Last updated: 25 July, 2012

Two more Syrian generals defect to Turkey

Two more Syrian brigadier generals crossed into Turkey, bringing to 27 the number of generals who have fled the unrest in Syria, a foreign ministry diplomat told AFP.

Turkey has given sanctuary to dozens of army defectors who have formed the Free Syrian Army in opposition to President Bahsar al-Assad’s regime.

It is also sheltering more than 42,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the violence and been accommodated in camps near the border. The camps also shelter rebel forces made up of army defectors.