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Turkey is planning to create a military "buffer zone" for refugees inside the country as protests against the Assad regime spiral, it was claimed on Thursday.
Government sources told a leading Turkish newspaper that soldiers could be sent in to Syria to set up a "safe haven" under plans being considered should the flood of those fleeing the fighting worsened.
"We would close the border but we cannot turn our back," a Turkish official told the newspaper, Hurriyet. "If chaos starts, then we will have to form a security zone or a buffer zone inside Syrian territory."
would be a marked escalation of the crisis and seriously alarm Damascus,