Turkey and Syria at War

Posted: October 3, 2012 in world news
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Turkish armed forces have launched artillery attacks against Syria, in the first acknowledged direct involvement of an outside power in the 18 month conflict.

Explosions tore through Aleppo  killing scores of people, many of them soldiers

Explosions tore through Aleppo killing scores of people, many of them soldiers Photo: AP

By Richard Spencer, Ruth Sherlock in Beirut

8:50PM BST 03 Oct 2012

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, said that the military had responded to an earlier incident in which a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory landed on the wrong side of the border and killed five Turkish civilians, including three children.

“Our armed forces in the border region responded immediately to this abominable attack in line with their rules of engagement; targets were struck through artillery fire against places in Syria identified by radar,” he said.

“Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security.”

There was no initial indication that the exchange of fire was a precursor to a wider use of force against the Syrian regime, and Mr Erdogan specified his order was in return for a mortar shell which struck the town of Akcakale earlier in the day.

But the Turkish authorities had already contacted NATO, of which the country is a member. It has previously suggested it might call on the alliance for help in dealing with Syria under the mutual defence terms of the NATO charter.

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