Report: 2 Syrian generals, 11 colonels flee to Turkey

A Turkish official said about 8,000 people have fled Syria in the last 24 hours, increasing the number of refugees to 120,000.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run agency says a group of 26 Syrian soldiers, including two generals and 11 colonels, have fled to Turkey with their families.

Anadolu Agency says Friday the group of 71 people arrived in the Turkish border province of Hatay seeking refuge. They were taken to a camp that shelters military defectors, including dozens of other generals.

About 8,000 refugees crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, a Turkish foreign ministry official said, bringing the total number of refugees in Turkey to around 120,000.

Meanwhile, clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebels continued for a second day around the town of Ras al-Ayn, in al-Hasaka province in northeastern Syria, forcing Turkish authorities to keep schools in the neighboring Turkish town of Ceylanpinar closed.

Turkish officials said Thursday the rebels had taken control of the border crossing in Ras al-Ayn but clashes continued around a security building.

 The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.