Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:52PM
Evidence shows that refugee camps in Turkey’s border with Syria are being used as a cover for military training, Press TV reports. “Here in Turkey’s border are five refugee camps. There are seventy five armed men in one of the camps alone. That camp is filled with former Syrian army generals. They are being trained in the day and at nights they go to fight in Syria. We tried to make an official visit, they told us to come back after ten days,” Coskan Sonmez, Turkey's Republican People's Party spokesman told Press TV. Sonmez said many people living in the camps, where Turkey says refugees from Syria receive humanitarian aid, are foreigners who come to fight against the Syrian government. “There are Moroccans, Libyans, Tunisians and Africans all coming from our own airport. They go to the camp and fight in Syria. They are all making money. For every five Alavis they kill, they make 5,000 Syrian Lira,” Sonmez added. He further said that there are also Americans, Israelis and Mexicans in the camps. Press TV’s producer got in contact with one of the former Syrian generals who have joined the insurgents. The general admitted that there are weapons in the camps. Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Turkey -- along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- of backing a deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel. In an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet in July, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Ankara “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.” YH/MKA/MA