For the first time: Turkey strikes back at Syrian targets after mortar attack killed five Turkish civilians
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For the first time: Turkey strikes back at Syrian targets after mortar attack killed five Turkish civilians

Ankara : Turkey | Oct 03, 2012 at 3:20 PM PDT
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On Wednesday, according to Reuters news, Turkey's army fired artillery at targets inside Syria in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory to the southeastern border town of Akcakale in Turkey which killed five Turkish civilians, including four children and injured eight others, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said in a statement.

“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," the prime minister's office statement said.

Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stressed that Syria must be forced to account after the recent aggressive attack.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu contacted members of the Security Council and Secretary General of the United Nations to inform them about the latest developments in the events on the Turkish-Syrian border.

According to the prime minister's office statement, the Turkish Foreign Minister also called NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to arrange for an urgent meeting for NATO members in order to discuss the respond to the Syrian attack on Turkey, which is a member of NATO.

According to the Turkish news agency, in response to the incident NATO’s chief has stated that they will not leave Turkey alone in the Syrian crisis and in the event of a negative situation NATO will take necessary steps to protect Turkey without hesitation.

Until now, no comment has been issued from the Syrian regime on this regard. Moreover, their media totally ignored this incident.

In another incident, Palestinian sources in Deraa confirmed that 20 Palestinians were killed, overnight Wednesday, in Deraa refugee camp and dozens injured in heavy bombing by the Syrian army.

Sources also said that artillery shells and mortars targeted several streets near the area's mosque. It is nearly impossible to reach the injured, they added, saying that the stench of decaying bodies fills the streets.

Elsewhere, fighting broke out in Idlib. At least 15 regime forces were killed, syrian observatory for human rights said in a statement.

Opinion:

I did not expect that the Syrian regime was planning this attack, but at the same time there will be no military developments as the United States and NATO announced several times in many occasions that there is no intention for them to intervene militarily in the Syrian crisis.

Until this time, no comment was issued by Russia, despite the news stating that Syria had begun to send its troops to the border with Turkey, according to the Free Syrian Army site.

I think that the international situation will not exceed condemnation and demands to Syria to respect the Turkish border and not to try to export its crisis abroad. As for Turkey, the international community will ask Turkey to calm down.

The U.S. is quite busy tonight with the Obama-Romney debate for the White House, therefore Clinton's attitude towards this incident was as usual, but this time she forgot to ask Assad to leave.

I think if the coming hours pass without strong international reaction, then we should expect more attacks from the Syrian regime against neighboring countries, in addition to the continuation of massacres and killings inside Syria.

Sources:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4288276,00.html

http://news.yahoo.com/blasts-syrian-city-aleppo-kill-27-lebanese-hezbollah-083606024.html



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Turkish police officers try to help a wounded comrade after a mortar bomb landed from Syria in the border village of Akcakale. Reuters
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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