Clinton warns Syria to ease off Turkish border
Syrians refugees pass a Turkish military vehicle as they cross the border near Guvecci, Turkey, June 23, 2011. / AP
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Syria to withdraw troops now massing near its border with Turkey, saying their presence is worsening an already bad situation for refugees and risks sparking border clashes with the Turks.
Clinton told reporters at the State Department on Thursday that the U.S. saw the situation as volatile and "very worrisome" and that the Syria military should immediately end attacks and provocations in the region. She said the buildup of soldiers just 500 yards from the Turkish border was another sign of the Syrian government's intent to repress its own people.
Earlier Thursday, Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.
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