A Syrian general from an artillery division and seven officers were among dozens of soldiers, mostly serving in Homs province, who defected and fled to Turkey, a Syrian activist and Free Syrian Army sources told Reuters.
Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber said on its website that 85 Syrian soldiers, including the general, were among those who were sent to the Apaydin camp in Turkey's Hatay province.
There is evidence that the Syrian Army is losing control of more parts of the Syrian capital and the fighting is edging closer to Assad.
Shocking video has emerged of the moment a funeral procession was hit by an explosion in Damascus, killing dozens of people.
UN special envoy Kofi Annan said talks in Geneva today had reached an agreement on a Syrian-led transition, but issued no firm guidance.