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Hundreds of Syrian refugees moved from Turkish city after violent protests by locals: Reports

Published on Aug 14, 2014 11:05 PM
 
Syrian refugees walking among tents at Karkamis' refugee camp near the town of Gaziantep, south of Turkey on Jan 16, 2014. The Turkish authorities were moving hundreds of Syrian refugees on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, from the southern city of Gaziantep to camps, after three nights of violent protests by locals angered by their presence, reports said. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - The Turkish authorities were moving hundreds of Syrian refugees on Thursday from the southern city of Gaziantep to camps, after three nights of violent protests by locals angered by their presence, reports said.

Tensions between Turkish residents and Syrian refugees in Gaziantep have flared in recent days since the murder of a Turkish landlord allegedly stabbed to death by his Syrian tenant.

Some 50 Turkish residents in Gaziantep have been arrested over the violent protests, which started on Monday night and have seen anti-riot police fire tear gas to quell the unrest, NTV television said.

About a dozen Syrian refugees were wounded in the violence. Four Syrian refugees have now been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of the Turkish landlord.

 
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