Security tightened along Syria-Turkey border

Syrian army tightens control to thwart what Damascus says are smuggling routes for rebels.

    The Syrian army is tightening control along its border with Turkey to cut the supply routes for Syrian opposition fighters.

    To thwart the cross-border traffic, the army has employed land mines and snipers to shut down what Damascus says are smuggling routes.  

    But activists say the enhanced enforcement will negatively impact thousands of refugees who want to flee the violence by crossing into Turkey.  

    Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Guvecci on the Syria-Turkey border.

    In a separate development, Turkey has said that it has obtained intelligence indicating the Syrian government has allowed Kurdish rebels to establish bases on Syrian territoy to launch attacks on Turkish forces from there. 

    Idris Naim Sahin, the Turkish interior minister, also said that some fighters of the Kuristan Party Workers have also taken charge of running small Syrian town.

    Syria was believed to have stopped harboring Kurdish rebels in 1998 after Turkey threatened military action..

    Damascus was cooperating with Turkey in its fight against the Kurdish rebels until ties soured over Syria's bloody crackdown on civilians.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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