- Turkey urges citizens to quit Syria
- Kofi Annan to brief UN Security Council on Friday
- Pro-Assad forces fire in protesters at rallies
By Jon Hemming
ANKARA — Turkey said on Friday it might set up a border “buffer zone” to protect growing numbers of Syrian refugees fleeing a violent uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
With the bloody revolt entering its second year, government forces battled protesters in at least three suburbs of the capital Damascus, opposition activists said. They also reported flare-ups in other towns and cities.
The U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan was due to brief the United Nations Security Council later in the day on his efforts to end the violence, but there was no sign of any breakthrough.
Assad faced growing international isolation as more Arab states announced they were shutting their embassies and the Turkish Foreign Ministry said it “strongly urged” its citizens to leave the…
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