Safak Timur
June 19, 2011

The Syrian army has cut off a vital border village supplying people fleeing to Turkey, closing its only bakery and burning surrounding forests, residents who managed to escape said.

The security operation in Bdama triggered a new exodus to the frontier, several kilometres away, where thousands had already massed, braving a squalid life in the open air but still undecided to cross into Turkey.

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Ankara announced it was taking urgent food aid across the border for the displaced Syrians after sheltering more than 10,500 refugees in tent cities on its own territory.

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