Some 2400 people crossed into Turkey overnight to escape the escalating violence in Syria, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported on Wednesday. The agency said nine of the refugees - including women and children - were injured in violence in villages near Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial centre, and Idlip, both close to the Turkish border. From the Turkish border village of Besaslan, damage could be seen to buildings, including a mosque, in the Syrian village of Harim, just across the frontier, with reports that it had sustained in recent weeks. There has been a marked increase in the number of refugees fleeing to Turkey in the past two days as Aleppo-based activists reported clashes near the historic city center. Refugees in Boynuyogun camp in Hatay province are living in tents provided by the Turkish Red Crescent. Some 50000 Syrians have now found refuge in Turkey, which has served as a staging ground for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime. Even more refugees have crossed into Jordan and Lebanon. Assad on Tuesday made his first appearance on state TV in nearly three weeks, in a show of solidarity with senior Iranian envoy Saeed Jalili. Speaking on state TV, the two vowed to defeat the rebels and their backers. “Regarding his talks, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah and all those parties that are known to support him, we tell them we will not stop,” said Syrian refugee, Zeki Khirafam.