Turkey to shut border with Syria

2012-07-25 10:02

Antakya - Turkey will close its border crossings with neighbouring strife-torn Syria on Wednesday until further notice, a Turkish official said.

"We have taken such a measure for our citizens for security reasons," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "This is an open-ended measure and the re-opening depends on the developments on the ground."

The move comes after rebels seized two border posts along the border in clashes with the regime's loyalist troops.

The official said foreigners who want to cross the border would be required to sign a paper warning them about potential danger in Syria.

There are seven functioning border posts along the nearly 900km frontier between the two countries.

The rebels control Jarabulus, Bab al-Hawa and Al-Salama border crossings along the Turkish frontier.

During last week's clashes between rebels and Syrian army troops at Bab al-Hawa, which lies across Turkey's Cilvegozu crossing, Turkish trucks were burned and ransacked.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 10:27

    The only good news coming from Syria; Every day is one day closer to the end of the assad tyranny!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 16:52

      That's the level of Keith's analysis. Very low.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 21:05

      Keith, I hope that you are the one who gives yourself a 'thumbs up' it would be horrifying to know that there are TWO IDIOTS on this site !!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-25 10:59

    Hopefully this stops the influx of Jihadists and weapons smuggling into Syria via Turkey.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 13:33

      Fidel wants this so Assad can continue to have an unfair advantage, by being in control of the Syrian state and its military. To him Syrians trying to free themselves from decades of unelected oppression by the Assad family, is a fake uprising. It isn't happening. With his immature anti-West core belief, all this is, is the US trying for regime change in Syria, the US that unfortunately isn't involved at all because Barak Obama is more interested in his election campaign, than helping the Syrian people being butchered in their homes by the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria.

      ghengis.khan.585 - 2012-07-25 14:36

      Unfair advantage? Are you disillusion? Assad runs the country, these are a bunch of terrorists killing innocent people. Ofcourse he has an advantage, and it is his right to get rid of these thugs in order to bring security back to the citizens of Syria. This is an illegal uprising in a sovereign state by a bunch of terrorists sponsored by foreign governments. It's not like the US has not done this before. And do you think the US government is not able to multitask...? Or do you think nothing is happening in the US except for the presidential campaign...pff. Wake up and stop critising Fidel who is actually informed on global matters...unlike yourself.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-25 14:59

      He's informed alright, but a sock puppetry that is paid to spread disinformation and propaganda.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 16:48

      Ghengis believes that UNELECTED dictators are legitimate leaders of sovereign states, notwithstanding that just 12 countries of the 166 on Earth decided that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Sad that he would have Muslims slaughtered in this way, and think so little of them that they don't deserve to have their own voice in deciding on their leaders.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 16:49

      The disinformation and propaganda that Fidel sees is his own, without realizing it. He has blinded himself, and defends his delusion vociferously.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 18:30

      The lack of realness that Fidel sees in the opposition to his views, is the very lack of realness in his own views which he denies and projects outwards.

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