Turkish police fired tear gas on stone-throwing Syrian refugees who were protesting at the lack of food and water at camps on the border with their conflict-ravaged homeland.
“Kill us!” cried a Syrian woman carrying a baby in her lap, as dozens of gendarmerie forces and police were passing by. “Get rid of us,” she shouted.
A Turkish official said demonstrations erupted at two of the 10 camps set up along the border which shelter about 40,000 Syrians who have fled the escalating violence at home.
“The clashes were some of the most violent of recent months,” the official said.
The unrest flared after Syrian rebel fighters seized a nearby border post after hours of fighting during the night, the third now held by the Syrian Freedom Army.
“We have had no food for three days,” said a young Syrian boy standing outside the container city of Kilis, which is home to some 15,000 people who have taken refuge from President Bashar al-Assad’s bloody crackdown.
“We have no water” said refugees.
The Kilis camp lies nearby the Oncupinar border crossing which faces the Al-Salama outpost on the Syrian side, the latest to be seized by the Syrian Freedom Army.
Refugees at the Kilis camp said two demonstrators have been killed.