Syria has admitted it was responsible for a shelling that killed five civilians on Turkish soil and apologised, Turkey's deputy prime minister said today.
"The Syrian side has admitted what it did and apologised," Besir Atalay told reporters.
Shelling now under investigation, says Syrian minister
Syrian Information Minister Umran al-Zuabi
has told Syrian state television that the authorities are investigating the shelling that hit Turkey's southeastern district of Akçakale yesterday, killing five Turkish citizens.
The source of the firing that targeted the Turkish town is being looked into by the Syrian authorities "with seriousness," Al-Zuabi
He also called the killed Turkish citizens "martyrs" and offered his condolences to the Turkish nation. Al-Zuabi
underlined the existence of armed militia around the border region and said such a danger should be taken seriously.
States should respond rationally to such mistakes, and Syrian sovereignty should be respected by all sides, he added.