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Syria Expands Crackdown
June 14, 2011
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The military crackdown in Syria keeps growing. President Bashar Assad has sent troops into more towns and villages to crush anti-government protests. Tanks and helicopter gunships are moving into areas near the Turkish and Iraqi borders.

So far, more than 8,500 people have escaped Syria and are now in refugee camps in Turkey. Thousands more are still living just inside Syria, hoping to get out.

"We are desperate here. We are under the rain, our children are sick. We have no medicine and no food," said a crying woman with a baby lying next to her.

Human rights groups say 1,300 civilians have been killed since the start of the uprising in March. But unlike in Libya, the West isn't showing any signs of getting involved. The United States has urged Assad to lead a transition to democracy or "step aside." But no one is threatening military action.

Syria is an ally of Iran and supporter of the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. So, the West is reluctant to intervene and create more instability. CBC News has put together a collection of powerful photos of Syrian refugees. You can see them here.

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