A Syrian army general defected to Turkey along with other soldiers and family members, AFP reported Monday (June 25th).
A total of 196 Syrians crossed into Turkey late Sunday evening, the Anatolia news agency reported. Thirteen Syrian generals have sought refuge across the border since the conflict began more than a year ago.
The defectors and their families were relocated to the Apaydin refugee camp in Hatay province, four kilometres from Syrian border. Two colonels and five other military officers also entered Turkey on Sunday, according to AFP.
Meanwhile, an emergency NATO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss Syria's shooting down of a Turkish military jet over the Mediterranean Sea last Friday. The two-man crew is still missing.
Ankara and Damascus traded blame for what happened.
Turkey says the jet was fired on over international waters, not inside Syrian airspace as Damascus maintains. Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi told a news conference the plane had violated Syrian airspace.