Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees

Actress visits Turkish border amid more violence in Syria
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2011 3:47 PM CDT
Turkish girls gestures as they wait to see Angelina Jolie, who was visiting a refugee camp.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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(Newser) – Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters today, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as more accounts emerged of summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said. The renewed violence came as UN envoy Angelina Jolie visited the Turkish border to visit some of the thousands of refugees who have fled from Syria.

Jolie spent two-and-a-half hours with about 1,700 refugees at a camp in Altinozu, asking how they were in Arabic and then speaking with them through an interpreter, Turkey's NTV television reported. "The people in this camp have fled in fear for their lives, and many told me they were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria," Jolie said. "I am really grateful for the open-door policy of Turkey in allowing these people to enter and the assurances that there will be no forced returns."

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