Another Syrian brigadier general has crossed the border into Turkey to join the ranks of opposition fighters, bringing the total number of rebel generals in Turkey to 29, a diplomat said Friday.
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Senior Syrian officers have been crossing into Turkey to link up with the Free Syrian Army on a near daily basis in recent months, often accompanied by rank-and-file troops.
Turkey has also welcomed some 45,500 refugees from the violence in Syria, who are sheltering in several camps along the border.
The Syrian military defectors are staying in a separate camp where security is tighter.