Turkey warns Syria over mortar attacks

Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

Turkey signaled it would take action if Syrian army mortar shells continue to fall on its territory after a mortar fired from Syria landed in Turkey on Friday, damaging buildings in the Akcakale border area.

Government troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are currently locked in a battle with armed opposition groups for control of the Syrian border area, with fighting sometimes spilling over the border.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in New York that Ankara had reported the incident to the United Nations and NATO, in comments broadcast by CNN Turk.

"I would like the public to know that if such breaches towards our borders continue we are reserving our rights and we are exercising our rights," Davutoglu said Friday night on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, without going into greater detail.

Turkey has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, and is playing host to a number of Syrian opposition figures. The Syrian government has accused the Turks of harboring and training the anti-regime Free Syrian Army.

In April, Turkey said at least five people, including two Turkish officials, were wounded when cross-border gunfire hit a Syrian refugee camp in Kilis, further west along the frontier.

(Reuters)

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