Syria fighting rages on Turkish border

2012-11-12 20:52

Ceylanpinar - Deadly fighting flared on Syria's borders with Turkey and Jordan on Monday while Israel fired across the ceasefire line on the Golan Heights for a second day stoking fears of a spillover of the 20-month conflict.

Unlike on Sunday, when Israeli troops fired only a warning shot, the army said it landed "direct hits" on the source of the new mortar fire which struck the part of the Golan it occupies.

But even the earlier fire - Israel's first across the UN-monitored ceasefire line since the 1973 Middle East war - left the UN chief "deeply concerned by the potential for escalation", his spokesperson Martin Nesirky said.

Air strikes and shelling of rebel positions in the town of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border killed at least 12 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


One bomb exploded less than 150m from the border, with the force of the blast blowing out windows in houses in the adjacent Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, where there were also casualties, the town's mayor told the Anatolia news agency.

That blast killed four Syrians and wounded scores of others, around 20 of them seriously, the agency said.

The air strikes sent a new exodus of civilians pouring across the border to the Turkish side adding to the 9 000 refugees who already fled late last week, an AFP photographer said.

"There are wounded on the Syrian side but also in Ceylanpinar because of the windows blown out by the explosion," Mayor Ismail Arslan said.

"The ambulances are transporting the wounded without stopping," he said. "There is bomb damage everywhere."

The strike targeted a food factory which rebels seized in the past several days, Anatolia said.

Village seized

At the far eastern end of Syria's border with Turkey, Kurdish militia took control of the village of Malikiya after troops loyal to President Bashar Assad withdrew, the Observatory said.

It was the latest in large swathes of territory in Kurdish-majority areas of the northeast and the northwest to escape central government control without going over to the Arab-led rebels.

The exchange of fire on the Golan came after renewed clashes between loyalist troops and rebels on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau resulted in the mortar round being fired across.

Three rebel fighters were killed in the clashes, the Observatory said.

Direct hits

The Israeli military said: "A mortar shell hit an open area in the vicinity of an IDF [army] post in the central Golan Heights, as part of the internal conflict inside Syria, causing no damage or injuries.

"In response, IDF soldiers fired tank shells towards the source of the fire, confirming direct hits."

Israeli military sources said: "Syrian mobile artillery was directly hit."

The army warned any further fire from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied sector of the strategic plateau would be answered with "severity".

Israel had fired across the ceasefire line on Sunday but that was only a warning shot and the army said troops deliberately aimed to miss.

Urgent appeal

Even that exchange, however, prompted urgent appeals for calm from UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

"He calls for the utmost restraint" and urges both sides to uphold the 1974 accord which established the ceasefire line, Ban's spokesperson said.

On the Jordanian frontier, shelling and clashes with rebels left two Syrian border guards dead, the Observatory said.

Warplanes also bombed rebel positions on the strategic highway between Damascus and second city Aleppo, while clashes on the southern outskirts of the capital killed seven civilians, it added.

Fighter jets carried out five bombing runs on the rebel-held highway town of Maaret al-Numan, dropping barrels packed with explosives, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The rebels' capture of Maaret al-Numan last month delivered a severe blow to the government's ability to reinforce its troops in Aleppo which have been under rebel attack since mid-July.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-12 22:24

    The US and the UK outdone themself by destroying a peaceful, secular state like Syria in favour of a bunch of lawless terrorists. Obama and that brittish prick should be tried for crimes against humanity. What integrity do they have when the support the same people who killed all those americans on 9/11.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 02:14

      Gert, If you want to be anti West, go for it, but you must not talk utter garbage !! ""a peaceful secular state like Syria" !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't be ridiculous ! Lets for a moment put aside the recent flare up, of the popular uprising, since last year, 2011. 35000 Syrians have been slaughtered just in this period. Lets for a moment put aside the massacre in Hama during 1982, where daddy assad, had over 20000 Syrians slaughtered. You not to sure about that, than go and ask your friend Robert Fisk !! The fact is, that these upisings in Syria, have been going on for FIFTY YEARS !! Since assad sr came to power ,through violence, TENS OF THOUSANDS of Syrians have been arrested, beaten up, tortured, raped, and THOUSANDS murdered. THEIR CRIME; They demanded MAJORITY rule, and no longer to have a family of thugs determine their destiny. They also demanded an end to TYRANNY!! Now I realize to you, and other members of the violent loony left, the word MAJORITY does not mean much, but to most on this planet, including the Black people of SA, it is an incredible important word. It would be a fair estimate, that in the past 50 years, a minimum of 80000 Syrians have lost their lives, ONLY FOR ONE FAMILY TO CLING TO POWER!!! All,this violence will stop, within hours, if ONLY ONE MAN gets removed from power. It can't get more INSANE than this !!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-13 06:47

      Clearly, you have no idea what is happening in Syria. You have no idea what the Syrian regime is doing to its people.

      Shane Loxton - 2012-11-13 07:11

      And neither do u Fred! Unless u have walked the streets, seen with your own eyes, you are just relying on second hand information

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 07:45

      sHAME, That is such utter BS. This is not 1912 !! One can sit with a laptop in Antartica, and know more what is going on in Cape Town, than someone living in CT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-13 08:49

      By the same measure, why are you posting here Shane?

      Shane Loxton - 2012-11-13 09:48

      Have a look at my profile pic and see, im more in it than you and your little keyboard

      Shane Loxton - 2012-11-13 09:51

      Toos once again You are such a gullible fool! What u r reading is a persons opinions and each person see's each situation differently send 20 people to do a story on a flower show and see how u gwet 20 different stories, so unless u go and see it yourself u WILL NEVER know for sure - FACT

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-13 11:13

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 11:58

      Shane, You talk such rubbish !! When one reads that this assad has dropped another load of 'cluster bombs' onto residential areas, and this gets confirmed by the; UN Amnesty International HRW Red Cross Reporters on the ground Cameramen on the ground Eyewitnesses on the ground WHAT ARE YOU SUGGESTING That I find someone whose head has been blown apart, with these monstrous weapons, and ask him if " it was painful "??????? STOP talking such unbelievable garbage, and GROW UP !!! You are one of the violent loony left, who wiil at any cost support this assad DOG !!!!!!!

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 14:07

      Shame Toos there u going with your Apartheid upbringing, name calling and taging of people, looks like Apartheid only died in name not in action. You supply this same list all the time, but sadly u NEVER back it up with links! As for the US they have some serious problems of their own, considering that 34 of the 50 states have applied to brake away from the Union. The White House website has been bombarded with petitions that have mushroomed to 34 states moving to secede. The first petition came in from Louisiana the day after Obama's re-election, and since then a chorus of others have issued their grievances. Now, under White House rules stated in its "We the People" program, if 25,000 people sign on by December 7th, a response must be issued. Just a few days after submitting, that number has been reached by the petitions from Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia -- with Texas closing in on 90,000.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-15 18:51

      Shame, """" WOW !! Totally amazing....SIX !!! In China, a country with 5 x the US population====ONE !!!(STATE) CORPORATION==100 %

  • matusowsky - 2012-11-12 22:44

    Syria is screwed lol. Angered both Israel and Turkey now. Assad's time in power is at an end.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 09:16

      How has Syria angered Turkey, when it is Turkey that has provided a training base and logistics for the terrorists terrorising Syria!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-13 09:38

      The terrorists terrorizing Syria are the SYrian people freeing themselves from decades of tyrannical, unelected rule, Fidel. Obviously. But then to you Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Your exact words on this website, which you have not retracted. With such a faulty and absurd belief, it;s no wonder you're completely upside down on Syria.

      fritz.duquesne - 2012-11-13 10:02

      dear Fidel. are you serious? have you not the slightest grasp of anything beyond your oh-so-trendy anti-western mish-mash diatribe. Can you not distinguish between cause and effect. Syria has destabilised Turkey's southern border, caused an influx of refugees into Turkey, killed Turkish citizens, violated Turkish territorial sovereignty, endangered Turkish FDI in Syria (the greatest by any country), strained Turkish relations with Russia,I can go on and on. But I am too dazed to continue, and just cant take you seriously enough to spare the energy. Do you take yourself seriously fidel? Really now, when you ask such verbal-fart questions. I mean honestly. You quite clearly asked "how has Syria angered Turkey?". I cant beleive it. Where is my 4yr old to answer you. Would you like to speak to her rather.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 10:19

      Don't talk so wet.. It is the west/Nato who have planned, designed and orchestrated the whole bloodbath. Same as Libya..

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 12:21

      Fidel, You are sooo unbelievable out of touch, and have not got a clue what you are talking about. WHAT is in it for the US and for Europe=====NOTHING !! It is lousy, but THAT is the reason they are not doing anything !! THAT was the reason the US did not get involved in Libya!!!! The Europeans, became involved via Nato, after they were asked to do so by Libyans opposition, AND AFTER this gaddafi dog threatened and started making his threats true, to kill ANYONE opposing him and his lovely and ohh soo violent sons !!! Ultimately , the ONLY ones who did benefit, from libya's regime change, were the ..............Slimy Chinese ( without even lifting one finger ) The ME is changing , and very fast !!! Some years back, the USA , was totally dependent on its oil. Now, the US has plenty other , non ME countries, they can also get supplies from. But more important; In 5 years time the USA will be the largest oil producer in the world !! And another 15 years from there, the USA will be an oil EXPORTER !!!!! Now with your 29000 books you have read, lets see if you can answer this; WHO will replace the USA influence in the ME???????? "CHINA !" Clever girl.....your slimy Chinese friends !!! Lets hope by than, the people of the ME, will by than have found their FREEDOM !!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 12:32

      Anthony, you 'clown', your post appears to be one long, unwarranted and ignorant ad hom. Try logic and argument, and I might respond to you.

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-13 12:34

      @ Africa, you are so full of racial hatred it's scarey.

      fritz.duquesne - 2012-11-13 12:56

      hey fidel - its hours later, and i am still giggling at your question: How has Syria angered Turkey :)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 13:25

      U seriously need to jog on, trolling is ultimately a waste of your time.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 17:08

      Derek, ""@ Africa, you are so full of racial hatred it's scarey"" Please explain !!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 20:13

      . I do not believe that if one says; "Clever girl......your slimy chinese friends", that this is 'racial slur' But, if I did offend anyone, my sincere apology !!

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 14:15

      The Hubbert peak theory says that for any given geographical area, from an individual oil-producing region to the planet as a whole, the rate of petroleum production tends to follow a bell-shaped curve. It is one of the primary theories on peak oil. Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline.[1] Global production of oil fell from a high point in 2005 at 74 mb/d, but has since rebounded, and 2011 figures show slightly higher levels of production than in 2005.[2] There is active debate as to how to measure peak oil, and which types of liquid fuels to include. Most of the remaining oil is from unconventional sources. Rough estimates indicate that out of an available 2 trillion barrels of oil, about half has been consumed.

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 14:20

      Hubbert's Peak was achieved in the continental US in the early 1970s. Oil production peaked at 10,200,000 barrels per day (1,620,000 m3/d). Since then, it has been in a gradual decline.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-14 19:06

      Shame, These comment sites have somehow got an magnet type of attraction for pseudo intelluctual bullsh.tters. They come with all the 'FACTS', but don't really have a clue wnat they are talking about !! The problem with you and those others of the violent loony left is, that you get stuck in a time frame,...........AND CAN'T GET OUT OF IT !!!!! The Hubbert peak theory is from the early fifties!! Alaska was not even part of the USA !! 'Fracking' was a word only used in discos!!! Much of this theory is terribly outdated. Also that Hubbert was employed by the largest oil company in the world, Royal Dutch Shell, must surely raise questions!!!!!

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 19:23

      The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of the Alaska territory by the United States from the Russian Empire in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the Senate. I think you be the looney here or as you said before the clown in the cirus oh BTW he's theory may have been back in the 50's but so was Einstein and just for info the lastest meeting between the oil countries that met in the EU was to discuss the PEAK. Iraqi rep stated they reached their PEAK in 2008. Keep your mouth closed and let people think u a fool than open it and let them know u are

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 19:35

      During his research Hubbert was working for the Shell Oil company. Despite efforts from Shell to pressure him not to publish his work, Hubbert did so anyway. Oil experts dismissed Hubbert's work and his peak predictions. The Hubbert peak theory is now considered to be one of the main theories on peak oil. Most oil sources that are easy to reach have already been found by the oil companies. Oil from these oil sources are considered 'cheap-oil' because it's easy to extract and transport oil from these sources. Most oil sources on land and near the surface are discovered. Any future oil discoveries will be made off-shore, far from markets. It will cost more money and time to produce and transport oil, because of this the oil production will decline. Further oil production becomes pointless when it takes the same amount of energy to produce a barrel of oil.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-15 09:02

      Shame, You seem an angry young man, who LOVES 'Facts', Maybe you should start a 'fact bank' with Fidel, so the two of you can entertain bored housewives !!! Your ohhh so over dramatic response came to my comment that in 5 years time, the USA, will be the largest oil producer in the world, and another 15 years from there, the USA will be an oil exporter. I stick to my comment. You relax, now, and have a nice day !!!

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-15 09:18

      Young man, Ha I wish. The only reason you state its was an over dramatic response is firstly you spurt a whole lot of untruths and when proven wrong and left with egg on your face you even then can not back it up, links, reports etc...

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