The region of Hatay, formerly Alexandretta, shapes, on the map of Turkey, a drop of blood flowing at the southern tip. A badly healed wound between the two countries.
Before the start of the Arab revolution, Turkey and Syria had concluded a sorrowful reconciliation.
Today, thousands of Syrian Sunni Muslims, fleeing repression come naturally to take refuge from the Turkish side of the border. Faced with Syria, Antakya is the front line.