Turkish security forces clash with Kurds

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Turkish security forces clash with Kurds
Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian refugees gather at the border in Suruc, Turkey, late Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. (AP Photo)

OGAN, Turkey (AP) — Turkish security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on dozens of Kurds at the border with Syria where tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish refugees have streamed across to escape the Islamic State group.

Authorities temporarily closed the border and refugees were piling on the Syrian side of the frontier.

There were conflicting reports as to what caused the clashes on Sunday. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Kurdish protesters threw stones at the security forces who prevented dozens of Kurdish onlookers from approaching the border.

Private NTV television said the security forces prevented a group of Kurds who said they wanted to take aid to beleaguered Kurds in Syria .

The U.N. refugee agency says some 70,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours.


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