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Syrian refugees find respite near the Turkish border

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Syrian refugee children play on slide put up for them in a refugee camp at the Syrian-Turkish border near Azaz, Syria, Oct. 7, 2012. The makeshift refugee camp is reported to be growing daily, housing several thousand refugees under poor sanitary conditions and under the control of the Free Syrian Army.

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Syrian refugee boys fill bottles with water in an abandoned storage house which is part of a refugee camp at the Syrian-Turkish border near Azaz, Syria, Oct. 7.

A makeshift refugee camp in the vicinity of Azaz, Syria is reported to be housing several thousand refugees under poor sanitary conditions and under the control of the Free Syrian Army. While residents keep fleeing the embattled areas, rebels claim gains in northern parts of the country along the border with Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, said the rebels now control a larger number of towns in the north.

--Reported by the European Press Agency

Meanwhile, tensions between Syria and Turkey are high as the two countries exchange fire across the border.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The European Press Agency made these Oct. 7 images available to NBC News on Oct. 8.

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A Syrian refugee woman tends to her crying baby as her family sits on the ground in a refugee camp at the Syrian-Turkish border near Azaz, Syria, Oct. 7.

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A Syrian refugee sits amidst a pile of belongings, waiting for permission to enter Turkey, at the Syrian-Turkish border near Azaz, Syria, Oct. 7.

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