Censor.NET reports referring to the Turkish news agency Anadolu citing a representative of the Association of Syrian Turks.
"20 villages in Bayirbucak [Turkmen district in Syria - ed.] where some 17,000 people are estimated to live had been entirely vacated as a result of the recent upsurge of violence," Ahmed Vezir, secretary-general of the Association of Syrian Turks, said.
He noted that a number of Turkmen -- mostly women, children, and elderly people -- had recently fled to the villages of Yamadi and Sallur near the Turkish border and to Turkey's southern Hatay province.
At the same time, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) reports some 2,000 Syrian Turkmen have already arrived in southern Turkey.