Syrian Turkmens flee coastal Syria for Turkey as violence intensifies
- Hundreds of Syria’s minority Turkmen community left the province of Latakia for Turkey as violence between pro-government and opposition forces increased.
- Women- and children-majority groups were bussed across the Turkish border as a key opposition-held town fell in the province.
- Turkey has been particularly critical of what it argues has been Russia’s targeting of the Turkmen minority, which has displaced tens of thousands among the Turks’ ethnic cousins.
“Syrian Turkmens cross to Turkey, fleeing advances of pro-Assad forces” (Reuters)
“Hundreds of Turkmens flee Russian airstrikes, enter Turkey” (Today’s Zaman)
“Displaced Turkmen Villagers Brace for a Cold Winter” (Syria Deeply)
(Image Credit: Stringer/Reuters)