The bombing is non-stop. Behind these mountains, the war in Syria rages. The goal is to make it to this valley, across the border, to Turkey. SOT: Nuriye, Turkmen Syrian refugee "There were air strikes everyday, everyday. The rockets, they fell like rain. I prayed to God, and he protected me. I didn't know if the rockets would fall to my left or to my right; That's how it was."Those who sought refuge here had been living in war for five years.It has left them scarred, their children traumatised. These last days, only one part of the border was opened by Turkish authorities. Four thousand Syrians arrived. SOT Syrian refugee brothers"There is no one left in our village. Anyway, tere are no homes left: Everything has been destroyed."With their blankets and food, they wait to be taken to one of the many refugee camps in southern Turkey. Many of them are Turkmen - a Turkish-speaking minority in the region. SOT Ambiance Syrian refugee:"We are also Syrians. The suffering that they are enduring, we have been living that for five years. We were among the first who arrived here." SOT Halic Srekin, Turkmen commander:"We are fighting against foreign forces now - not Bashar al Assad's army. if it were only Assad, it would have ended a long time ago. be it Assad's men or others - they are all cowards. We just have kalashnikovs, and they respond with planes!"After bringing their families to safety, these Syrian fighters are going back to the frontlines, now a more difficult battle as warplanes from Russia provide critical support for their allies in teh Syrian regime.
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