Report: 13 injured in stampede at Turkey-Syria border crossing

Story highlights

  • Turkish media: Incident happened after guards turned away 1,000 on Syrian side
  • Crowd set fires, threw stones, fired guns, mayor tells Turkish semiofficial news agency
  • During Syrian civil war, hundreds of thousands have sought refuge in nearby nations, including Turkey

Thirteen people were injured Thursday in a stampede and confrontation involving Syrians trying to enter Turkey and Turkish security forces at a border crossing, according to Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

The incident at the border gate at Akcakale, Turkey, happened after guards turned away about 1,000 people who tried to cross the border from Syria without passports, Akcakale Mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan said, according to Anadolu.

One of the injured -- a police officer -- was seriously hurt, Anadolu reported.

Ayhan told Anadolu that the crowd "stoned our border gate" and "set our sheds at the buffer zone on fire." After Turkish forces put out the fire, people in the crowd "began firing guns randomly," Ayhan said.

The report didn't specify how the injuries happened.

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Turkish forces tightened security at the crossing after the incident, including roping off the border gate, Anadolu reported.

Anadolu said the would-be border-crossers were "shelter seekers," without elaborating. Since an uprising in Syria and a subsequent government crackdown began in 2011, hundreds of thousands of people from Syria have sought refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other neighboring countries.

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