Turkey will respond to fire from Syria, army says

A Turkish army vehicle takes position at the border with Syria. (file photo)

The Turkish army has announced that it will respond in multiples to fire coming from the Syrian side of their shared border.

“In this context, shots that come from Syria to our territory and occasionally result in the loss of life and property are being responded in multiples in accordance with the rules of engagement,” the Turkish military said in a statement on Monday.

The army will take all necessary measures to beef up security along Turkey’s borders, the statement added.

On July 19, Turkey deployed military units along its border with Syria following clashes between a Syrian Kurdish armed party and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, said a report by Turkey’sHurriyet Daily News.

The report added that Turkish F-16 jets and unmanned aerial vehicles had been scrambled from southeastern Turkey for patrolling over the border.

Fierce clashes continue in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and Takfiri militants who accuse all other Muslims of being infidels.

On the same day, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the country would respond to any incident on its borders immediately.

On July 17, two teenagers were killed after stray bullets from Syria hit a police station and several homes in Turkey’s southern province of Sanliurfa near the border with Syria.

According to Turkish media, the teenagers killed in the attack on the border town of Ceylanpinar were identified as Ahmet Gunduz, 15, and Ahmet Ertugrul, 17.

In October 2012, a mortar strike from Syria killed five people in the southeastern Turkish town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa Province.

Following the October attack, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action against Syria “when deemed right.”

Ankara has openly voiced support for the militants fighting against Damascus.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants.

By Press TV


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