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Syrian refugees flee fighting in Idlib to nearby Turkey

Reuters reports that a government offensive in northwest Syria has sharply increased the flow of refugees into Turkey, with about a thousand crossing in the last 24 hours, Turkish officials said on Thursday. The number fleeing was expected to grow further as long as fighting continued around the town of Idlib, close to the Turkish border, one Turkish official said.

A group of Syrian refugees travel on the back of a tractor, after fleeing violence in their country, as they arrive across the Turkish Syrian border near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Turkey said Thursday it was considering the establishment of a
A group of Syrian refugees travel on the back of a tractor, after fleeing violence in their country, as they arrive across the Turkish Syrian border near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Turkey said Thursday it was considering the establishment of aBurhan Ozbilici / AP

Syrian refugees arrive near the border between Syria and Turkey at Reyhanli in Antakya on March 15, 2012. Some 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in 24 hours, braving landmines laid to stop them by Syria's troops, Turkish officials said today. The head of the Turkish Red Crescent meanwhile warned that the number of Syrians arriving in Turkey could reach half a million if Bashar al-Assad's regime keeps up its year-long crackdown on dissent. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian refugees arrive near the border between Syria and Turkey at Reyhanli in Antakya on March 15, 2012. Some 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in 24 hours, braving landmines laid to stop them by Syria's troops, Turkish officials said today. The head of the Turkish Red Crescent meanwhile warned that the number of Syrians arriving in Turkey could reach half a million if Bashar al-Assad's regime keeps up its year-long crackdown on dissent. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images

Turkey said on Thursday it might consider backing a 'buffer zone' inside Syria to cope with a flow of refugees, which is estimated in the Reuters report at 14,700. The UN says nearly a quarter of a million Syrians have fled their homes since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, according to a recent BBC News report.

A girl carries tomatoes as Syrian refugees go about their daily lives at the Reyhanli refugee Camp in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Around 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Syrian revolt. Ankara accused the Syrian leadership of planting landmines near its border with Turkey along routes used by refugees fleeing the Damascus regime's deadly crackdown on dissent. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl carries tomatoes as Syrian refugees go about their daily lives at the Reyhanli refugee Camp in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Around 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Syrian revolt. Ankara accused the Syrian leadership of planting landmines near its border with Turkey along routes used by refugees fleeing the Damascus regime's deadly crackdown on dissent. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images

Today, on the first anniversary of the bloody uprising in Syria, Msnbc.com's David Arnott looks back at how visual coverage of the conflict has been severely restricted, unlike many of the other Arab Spring rebellions.

A group of Syrian fleeing violence in their country, walk towards the Turkish, near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. An official says more than 1,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to at least 14,700. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
A group of Syrian fleeing violence in their country, walk towards the Turkish, near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. An official says more than 1,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to at least 14,700. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)Burhan Ozbilici / AP