Turkey battles fires along Syrian border
The Associated Press
In this photo taken Wednesday, June 27, 2012, a Turkish military truck transports a mobile missile launcher to the Syrian border, in Iskenderun, Turkey. Turkey is deploys antiaircraft units along its border with Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Syrians.
Mehmet Harbi, a forestry official, claimed the fires were "deliberately started" at four different points on the Syrian side of the border and spread to Turkey due to strong winds. Turkey's state-run TRT television said Syrian forces are believed to have started the fires to deny shelter to rebels along the border area. Harbi and TRT provided no evidence to substantiate their claims.
More than 35,000 Syrians are living in refugee camps on the Turkish side of the border that were opened to care for the many people fleeing Syria's unrest. Sporadic clashes between Syrian forces and activists also have occurred on the Syrian side of the border.
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