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Targets in Syria have been bombed in response to a deadly attack that killed 5 people in southeastern Turkey, the Turkish Prime Ministry has said.

"These provocations against the safety of Turkey will not remain unanswered," the Prime Ministry said. "We have responded to the attack and bombed targets in Syria."

The response, as the Prime Ministry stated, came from officials of the Turkish Armed Forces at the border and was described as "self-defense."

United Nations General Secretariat Ban Ki-moon and Security Council Members were notified of both the attack and of Turkey's response.

An emergency NATO meeting had been summoned, and will take place in the upcoming hours.

The Prime Minister said Turkey's response abides with international law and came as self-defense.

A cross-border move is expected to be brought before Parliament later tonight.

The bombing came after an emergency meeting between the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel, Deputy Prime Minsiter Beşir Atalay and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergun.

Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu cancelled all his planned events to attend the general assembly in the morning. 

Main opposition party members will meet tomorrow morning to decide on the party's attitude toward the possible cross border move.



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Nazam Osman

10/5/2012 7:48:56 AM

STEFANOS, it was an US-NATO led operation in Cyprus too. As Margaret Tatcher said once:"if You want a war, You will have a war". Dont' understand me wrongly. I personally em not for war. It is bad for every one, for all sides. The Western thinkers we thinking and Miloshevich was killing. In Kosovo, when Turkiye said we are going in this time and not going to watch how people are get killed by cold blooded murderers then USA intervene. Mr Kalogirou I hope You like Turks on action or I'm wrong??

mara mcglothin

10/4/2012 5:50:47 PM

HALIT I would be very approving should he decide to retire from politics, so there IS something he could do that I would approve. Are you not taking into account that the jailed generals had been running the ongoing war with the PKK or does that not count? If I thought like you then there wouldn't really be any reason for Turkey to have a military since USA is running things anyway. Why would you bother?

Syriano Syrian

10/4/2012 2:20:09 PM

Turkey has been hitting targets in Syria since last year through there mercenaries smuggling into Syria. The terrorist free army has no chance against the syrian army, but they wont be finished off until those who support the terrorists with money and weapons will be stopped. Turkey, USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel will be stopped. Long live Syria and Iran. The Zionists will have no chance in the long run.

V Tiger

10/4/2012 2:00:18 PM

Turkey getting into quagmire.Do not be surprised when the Syrian opposition turn their guns on Turkey.

OZman Cometh

10/4/2012 12:15:06 PM

People are dying. TR is the only country as a neighbor and as a host for so many refugees is one of few countries that are best placed and can reasonably be expected to interfere here. TR will not be doing a U.S. style invasion just knock out enough key military targets to hasten Assad's departure. It's laughable to read conspiracists write that TR is in league with Israel ..you crazy.

Recep Ozel

10/4/2012 10:46:44 AM

This is disgusting! Our government has pushed us into war with Syria. Why would Syria, with so much trouble inside their own borders, with just yesterday a bomb exploding in their major city killing 40 people, want the mightier Turkey to attack them?!! This is what our PM wanted from the start and he has been waiting for the moment to launch the war. This is a disgrace to humanity.

Dennis Kavaz

10/4/2012 10:20:34 AM

It is bizarre how some people (Comment writers) can differentiate good from bad; i.e. when ever negroes Arabs or Muslim are oppressed and fight for justice they are terrorists; on the other hand whenever Jews Europeans and Americans resist and fight for the same principles however they are freedom fighters??

Engin Atik

10/4/2012 9:24:16 AM

CNN Turk's footage pretty much says it all: It was not the first time mortars were hitting that town and bearded guy in the video says there are target acquisition agents that go back and forth across the border an provide info on where to hit in that town.

Sam Steel

10/4/2012 8:57:34 AM

@Halit: it is actually time for Syria to create a buffer zone inside Turkey to keep away the terrorists that are armed and financed and trained by Turkey.

Stefanos Kalogirou

10/4/2012 8:53:49 AM

Don't worry about the missing generals mara, cause it's a US-NATO lead operation. It has been from day one, just like lybia. But Syria is not Lybia. Syria is considered Iran and Russia's backyard. There were good reason for abstaining tis war so far and the reasons are still there so what we are witnessing is a big mistake. Al Assad, crazy enough, now has nothing to lose. He didn't have to use chemicals to get attacked. Iran and Russia simply cannot just watch. Israel won't be the ally TR wants.
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