Syria defies warning, shells Turkey again

2012-10-05 19:22
Turkish army (Picture: AP)

Turkish army (Picture: AP)

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Istanbul - Turkey returned fire on Friday after a new Syrian shell landed in on its territory close to their common border, NTV private news channel reported.

The Syrian shell landed in the Turkish town of Altinozu in Hatay province near the border, triggering an immediate response fire from Turkish forces, at around 16:30 GMT. 

The Anadolu Agency quoted the governor for Hatay province as saying that Turkish troops "responded with fire" after the mortar round landed in a rural area of the province that borders Syria.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Turkish artillery has fired at Syrian targets for two straight days after shelling from Syria killed five civilians in Turkey.

Turkey's parliament on Thursday also voted to allow cross border military operations in Syria.

The uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted in March 2011 and has gradually morphed into a bloody civil war, killing more than 30 000 people, according to activists.

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