Turkish Alawite women pray in a tomb, a holy site to the Alawite community, in the Samandag district of Hatay province

 
Turkish Alawite women pray in a tomb, a holy site to the Alawite community, in the Samandag district of Hatay province
Turkish Alawite women pray in a tomb, a holy site to the Alawite community, in the Samandag district of Hatay province, close to the border with Syria, July 27, 2012. An influx of Syrians fleeing President Bashar al-Assad's military onslaught is stoking tension in the area of Turkey known for religious tolerance and setting Turks who share the Syrian leader's creed against their own government. In the Turkish frontier province of Hatay, home to the Antioch of the Bible and a mix of confessional groups rare in an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country, Turks of Arab origin who share Assad's Alawite beliefs are increasingly critical of Ankara's open support for rebels fighting the Syrian leader. Picture taken July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas