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Syrian Refugees In Turkey Riot Over Water

7/17/2012 8:25 AM ET

Four Turkish police officers and ten Syrians were injured after a riot broke out over water at a refugee camp in Turkey's south-eastern province of Kilis on Tuesday. Around 500 Syrian refugees staying at a camp near the Öncüpinar border gate staged a protest complaining that they were not getting enough water, Turkish media reported. They hurled stones and set garbage containers on fire after police asked them to end the protest. Reinforcements sent to the camp burst tear gas canisters to deal with protest. Ten protesters who were affected by the gas were taken to hospital. The garbage containers set alight by the protesters were put out by firefighters as police took control of the camp.

Turkey has been sheltering nearly 30,000 Syrian refugees who crossed into the country after fleeing from unabated violence unleashed by security forces of embattled President Bashar al-Assad and the armed Opposition in that Middle East nation.

According to the U.N., some 13,000 people have been killed in Syria since a popular uprising against the Assad regime broke out 16 months ago.

by RTT Staff Writer

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