Ceylanpinar's mayor, Ismail Aslan, told the AP by telephone that the Syrian rebels on Friday took control of a security building, a day after the rebels also took over the border crossing between Ceylanpinar and Ras al-Ayn. The regime forces shelled rebel positions on Friday morning but the fighting had subsided by early afternoon, he said.
Schools in Ceylanpinar were closed for a second day on Friday and residents were told not to leave homes.
Rumors that Syrian regime forces would launch air raids on Ras al-Ayn had precipitated the refugee influx, said another official in Ceylanpinar, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.
The refugees were being taken to nearby refugee camps or were staying with Turkish relatives, he said.
Heinrich reported from Geneva.
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