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"They slaughtered our children" - Syrian refugee in Turkey

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 01:29

Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey, escaping violence by Islamic State. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They are fleeing by the thousands. More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds seek safety and refuge in Turkey. The United Nations refugee agency says that number could hit 400,000 as Islamic State militants are redeploying towards Kurdish controlled areas in Syria. Many have endured a terrible journey. (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) SYRIAN REFUGEE, ZARIFE, SAYING: "They slaughtered our children and confiscated our goods and belongings. We were so afraid and ran away." Entire villages have been captured by Islamic State forces or abandoned out of fear. (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) SYRIAN REFUGEE, CEYLAN SAHIN, SAYING: "They attacked from all sides. As they started to approach, we left everything behind and ran away." Turkey has been slow to join calls for a coalition to fight Islamic State in Syria, worried in part about links between Syrian Kurds and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group which waged a three-decade campaign against Turkey for greater Kurdish rights. On Tuesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying - Turkey could give military or logistical support to U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria.

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"They slaughtered our children" - Syrian refugee in Turkey

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 01:29