Turkish convoys heading towards the Syrian border with tanks and other military equipment. Turkey, a member of NATO, has been accused of arming rebels fighting the government in Damascus., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Turkish military fires shells into Syria
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:6PM GMT
The Turkish military has fired artillery shells into Syria as tension runs high between Ankara and Damascus over recent cross-border attacks.
Turkish state TV says the Friday firing was in retaliation for two shells landed in Turkey from Syria earlier in the day without specifying where the incident occurred.
Nobody has been reportedly injured in the exchange of fire.
Cross-border fire rages on between Turkey and Syria in the recent days as the Syrian army battles insurgents near the Turkish border.
At least five people were killed after a mortar fired from Syria landed in Akcakale on October 3. Since then, Turkey has been firing into Syria, which it says are in response to Syrian raids, and the parliament authorized troops to launch cross-border operations against Syria and strike at Syrian targets for a period of one year if necessary.
On October 5, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey was not far from war with Syria due to the cross-border attacks.
"We are not interested in war, but we're not far from it either," Erdogan told a crowd in Istanbul.
"Those who attempt to test Turkey's deterrence, its decisiveness, its capacity; I say here they are making a fatal mistake," he warned.
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Turkey along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing a deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel.