Turkish Diplomat Says Two More Syrian Generals Defectإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Two more generals have fled Syria and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime in Damascus, a Turkish diplomat said on Monday.
The latest defections mean a total of nine generals have deserted since the revolt against Assad's rule erupted a year ago, many of them seeking refuge in neighboring Turkey.
In addition, around 200 more Syrians crossed into Turkey on Sunday, bringing the total number of refugees to 16,100, the same official added on condition of anonymity.
"The generals arrived Friday and nearly 200 other people, most of them women and children, have crossed over since yesterday", the official told Agence France Presse.
Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, has been at the forefront of international criticism of the deadly crackdown on protestors and has become the main haven for opposition groups and rebel fighters.