June 22 - Syrian refugees in a Turkish camp call for the overthrow of Assad as a European delegation arrives on a fact-finding mission. Nick Rowlands reports.
European diplomats on a fact-finding mission arrive at a Syrian refugee camp in southern Turkey on Wednesday. Over 10,000 refugees have already crossed into Turkey, and Turkish officials say a further 10,000 are sheltering just inside Syria, close to the border. Hundreds of the refugees, many of them children, gather at the front gate and start calling for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They chant, "The people want to topple the regime." Facing mounting international pressure and escalating street protests, in a speech on Monday Assad promised reforms within months and called on Syrian refugees in Turkey to return home. But the Turkish president expressed disappointment at the speech, and the country has repeatedly called on Assad to halt the violence against protesters, and institute democratic reforms. Activists say more than 1,300 people have been killed so far in the military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.