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Syria Crisis: Dozens Of Soldiers Defect

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SYRIA SOLDIERS DEFECT
In this image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed Monday, July 2, 2012, black smoke leaps the air from shelling near a mosque in Talbiseh, the central province of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video) | AP


ANTAKYA, Turkey, July 2 (Reuters) - A Syrian general from an artillery division and seven officers were among dozens of soldiers, mostly serving in Homs province, who defected and fled to Turkey on Monday afternoon, a Syrian activist and Free Syrian Army sources told Reuters.

Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber said on its website that 85 Syrian soldiers, including the general, were among those who were sent to the Apaydin camp in Turkey's Hatay province. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Writing By Daren Butler; Editing by Michael Roddy)