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'It's against the law': Syrian refugees deported from Turkey back to war | Shawn Carrié and Asmaa Al Omar

With tension mounting in Idlib, people trying to flee across the border are being given the choice of detention or waiving their right to asylum

Tareq* can recall in detail each of the 22 times he climbed over the concrete border wall, dodged a flurry of bullets, and sprinted as fast as he could – until Turkish border guards caught him and turned him back.

On his 23rd attempt, the soldiers drove the 26-year-old Syrian to a police station called Branch 500 in Hatay. There they presented him with a choice: either stay in prison – for how long, they wouldn’t say – or sign a paper and walk free.

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