- Associated Press - Monday, July 2, 2012

ANKARA, TurkeyTurkey’s state-run news agency said nearly 300 Syrians have defected to Turkey, including 85 soldiers.

The Anadolu Agency said this happened Monday and that the 293 Syrians included a general and several other officers.

The report said it was one of the largest groups of Syrian army defectors to cross into Turkey at one time since the unrest began in Syria. Turkey is now home to more than 35,000 Syrian refugees.

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