INTERNATIONAL > Syria apologises for deadly shelling: Turkey minister

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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-Zuabii said.
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.


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ismail demir

10/4/2012 4:23:19 PM

@foreigner, uludere was 15 minutes event, although Turkey warn Syria continues to shell Turkey 10 days.You couldnot do same mistakes for 10 days.

Roger Harding

10/4/2012 3:59:42 PM

Turkey must exercise caution. Anything can happen now. Others might plot to drag Turkey into a war. Turkey will then lose the focus she has on the fight against the PKK. Syrian regime has already seincerely apologized. Now de-escalate Turkey. Re-gain composure. Assad has got the message loud and clear.

Turk Uzan

10/4/2012 3:36:14 PM

The attack was done with a missile not small time mortars that the FSA and the terrorists in the area have. It's impossible it was by the FSA or any terrorist organization.

Joshua Bronxman

10/4/2012 3:25:59 PM

Syria routinely violates the border with Lebanon and, occasionally with Iraq and Jordan. The difference is that Turkey has the means and values to stand up and protect its territory. The ideas that somehow Turkey is at fault or that it wasn't really Syrian government troops who fired the mortar rounds lacks any basis in reality and reeks of low level propaganda. If it really was Turkey's fault, provide proof to back up such a statement.

Recep Ozel

10/4/2012 2:40:01 PM

@ Foreigner Uludere was dealing with PKK terrorists, who we have been in a war with for 30 years, who don't have a nation, and who attack our national sovereignty. Attacking the Syrian national army is completely different, which any rational person can see, so we are honest and consistent.

Syriano Syrian

10/4/2012 2:38:54 PM

Recep you are going to war for the benefit of Israel. Erdogan is going to wreck Turkey.

Foreigner .

10/4/2012 1:55:01 PM

@ Recep were you so understanding to Uludere mistake. Turkey is not going to war. If the Government did nothing what would you have said? Good for them? Be honest and consistent.

OZman Cometh

10/4/2012 12:18:18 PM

Who is going to war? Strategic and measured response... to easy.

Majd Kani

10/4/2012 11:50:18 AM

What if a group from the FSA fired it to try to get turkey to intervene in Syria?

Recep Ozel

10/4/2012 10:40:36 AM

Syria, clearly has more than enough issues inside of it's borders and the last thing they want is Turkey invading! So why are we going to war?
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