Turkey returns fire at Syria

2012-10-07 16:54

Akcakale - Turkish artillery fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row on Sunday, minutes after a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory.

An Associated Press video journalist witnessed the shell landing some 200m inside Turkey, near the border town of Akcakale. A short time later, eight mortars could be heard fired from Turkey.

Town mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan confirmed that Turkish artillery immediately returned fire. He said shrapnel from the Syrian mortar caused some damage to a grain depot, but no one was hurt by the shelling.

The Anadolu Agency reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have been shelling the town of Tal Abyad, just across from Akcakale, which is controlled by Syrian rebels.

The Turks have been returning fire since Wednesday when Syrian shelling killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

Turkey has vowed to retaliate against the shelling from Syria while Turkey's parliament this week approved a bill that would allow cross border military operations there. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Damascus not to test Turkey's patience.

Relations between Turkey and Syria, once strong allies, deteriorated sharply after the uprising against Assad began in March last year. Turkey became one of the harshest critics of Assad's crackdown while Syria accused Ankara of aiding rebels.

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-08 07:39

    I don't see how Turkey training and arming rebel fighters inside Syria is not an act of war in itself.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-08 07:50

      Unless, off course, you suck this out of your thumb !!!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-08 08:38

      Google is your friend, anty boy. Use it.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-08 08:42

      News 24 readers seem to be the most ill informed ignorant bigots on the web. Congratulations.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-08 13:23

      @anthonyfromafrica the only one who sucks here is you bud..go check out your facts your argument as usual is weak!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-08 13:56

      Dankie Donkie Dunkie

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-10 18:40

      @tom.guy.37669528 - I beg to differ on the Google is your friend" statement. Google directly & indirectly controls the info it wants you to see, Lycos & other search engines actually search & shows you what the search has brought up. The 'internet is your friend' not popular business endeavors.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-08 09:03

    Syria trying to provoke NATO by attacking Turkey. They should be warned that Turkey doesn't need NATO to kick the hell out of Syria,can do it all on their own

  • shane.loxton - 2012-10-09 15:15

    New York Times Concedes that It Is Unknown Whether Syrian Artillery Came from Rebels or Government - Posted on October 7, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog The Turkish-Syrian Skirmish Is Being Taken Out Of Context The mainstream American press has trumpeted for days the claim that Turkey is “retaliating” for artillery fire coming from Syrian government forces on the Syrian-Turkish border near the town of Akçakale. Because Turkey is a member of Nato (for 50 years), a declaration of war by Turkey could well drag Nato into a conflict. The Turkish people don’t like the turn of events … thousands of Turks  took to the the streets in Ankara and Istanbul after Turkey’s parliament approved military operations against targets in Syria following the mortar attacks. The New York Times concedes: It was unknown whether the mortar shells were fired by Syrian government forces or rebels fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Turkish response seemed to assume that the Syrian government was responsible. Indeed, before the mortar attacks, Russia warned of such a possibility:

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