FSA members are benefiting from the same facilities offered to innocent civilians fleeing the spiraling crisis in Syria. They say the Turkish authorities are treating them well, giving them clothing and food.
“We need to separate them into two different groups: Those who are really victims are welcome here. But there are some we even don’t know if they are Syrian. Those who are fighting against the legal Syrian government we call them terrorists,” Turkish MP Hassan Vakili, said, adding that these “terrorists” could be not be designated as “refugees”.
A local resident stressed that “we have no problems with the Syrians running away from home.”
But, he noted: “When you look, you see people from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and terrorists from al-Qaeda.There are murderers all around here.”
Vakili underscored the fact that the Turkish government is supplying arms to the FSA agents. “Turkey should not help such illegal terrorists.”
More Syrian refugees are arriving in Turkey every day. There are more than 80,000 refugees in a dozen camps concentrated in the province of Hatay, which is on the border with Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus also says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.