Mekdad says Turkey hosts “terrorist groups”

Syrian deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad on Thursday warned against “the dangerous role [played] by the Turkish government by hosting the terrorist and militant groups as a [foundation] for supporting and funding terrorism against Syria,” according to SANA.

Turkey, Syria's northern neighbor, has been a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deadly crackdown dissent. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said his country was now hosting more than 17,000 Syrian refugees, according to AFP.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has witnessed a deadly revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory puts the death toll at more than 11,100, while the UN says more than 9,000 have been killed.

-NOW Lebanon

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