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Syria's Assad Denies His Country is Having a Civil War

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied there was a civil war in his country as the number of refugees fleeing the conflict surged, and some so desperate to leave they were climbing over razor wire fences.

United Nations refugee agency coordinator Panos Moumtzis said about 11,000 refugees fled the country in 24 hours after clashes in the Turkish border town of Ras al-Ain. The average number or refugees fleeing daily is between 2,000 and 3,000. Despite the chaos on his borders Assad took on his familiar obstinate tone.

"If the Syrian people are against me, how can I be here?" he said in an interview with Russia Today. "We do not have a civil war. It is about terrorism and the support coming from abroad to terrorists to destabilise Syria."