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Syrian shelling hit a rural area in a Turkish border province Oct. 6, for the fourth time since Oct. 5, daily Hürriyet reported.

A shell fired by the Syrian army at opposition forces fell in the eastern province of Hatay, about 800 meters away from the village of Aşağıpullayazı Village in the Yayladğı district, at about 3:00 p.m. No casualties were reported.

Turkey returns fire after new Syria shelling

The Turkish army early today returned fire after a new round of shelling from Syria hit the border province of Hatay, AFP reported. 
No casualties were reported, Anatolian news agency said.
The incident happened today in the small Turkish village of Guvecci, near the border with Syria, when a mortar fell in a rural area. It came from across the border in Syria in a region where fighting has taken place between rebels and the Syrian army, Anatolia said.
The latest exchange came three days after Syrian shelling killed five Turkish nationals in another border town, Akcakale, triggering retaliatory fire and ratcheting up the tense relations between the neighbours.

Meanwhile, Turkey again returned fire yesterday after another Syrian shell slammed into its territory close to the border, said local authorities quoted by Anatolia news agency.
The Syrian projectile hit 50 metres from the frontier in a rural area near Turkey's Yayladagi town in Hatay province, triggering immediate response fire from Turkish forces, said Hatay governor Celalettin Lekesiz.
There were no injuries in Turkey, said Lekesiz.
The fresh exchange came two days after Syrian shelling killed five Turkish nationals in another border town, Akcakale, triggering retaliatory fire and plunging tense relations between the neighbours into a new crisis.
Turkey reacted furiously, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again warned Syria on Friday that it would pay "a big price" for further attacks.
The warning came a day after his government obtained a one-year mandate from parliament authorising military raids into Syria if necessary.
Erdogan again said Turkey was not interested in war but would not hesitate to retaliate against any attack and violation of its national security.
Wednesday's incident marked the first time Syrian shells killed Turkish nationals since the uprising against the regime in Damascus began in March 2011.
Turkey had ceased fire on early Thursday, after its sporadic shelling pounded unspecified targets in Syria throughout Wednesday night.
Another shell landed in Hatay Thursday evening, which also led Turkey to briefly return fire, Lekesiz


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10/7/2012 4:33:15 PM

So much hot air and speculation. Firstly, rebels do not have the kind of heavy weapons that can fire these shells. Secondly, TSK is well capable of locating and identifying the exact source of fire. Thirdly, Syria did not even blame the rebels and took responsibility. But our arm chair generals know better. Big question is who fired and why since it came from Syrian army positions. Rasies the question of rouge elements in the army ranks since it is unconceivable for the brass to order it.

Brian Irlanda

10/7/2012 12:28:39 PM

I agree with Eoghan. There is no way Syria wants a war with Turkey. It makes no sense militarily. This is either the rebels trying to involve Turkey and/or the Americans playing their war games. Turkey should not escalate their response unless they get a full NATO involvement. Someone wants Turkey to do its dirty work at the expense of Turkish soldiers lives. Don't be tempted.

Dennis Kavaz

10/7/2012 5:12:57 AM

The U N condemns Syria actions; yet the self opinionated (comment writers) has an opinion about Turkeys past, current and, the future; their opinions varies from Turkey is wrong, Turkey mustn’t, or always Turkey is the aggressor; yeah they keep on criticising Turkeys ethics and principles without-end; however let’s remind these pessimists (galas from the pet shop) their views about Turkey is hateful, vile and jealousy, which is the worse kind of illness a persons could have.

Frederick Melick

10/7/2012 3:58:05 AM

Yes i agree the Syrians are putting up a fight,the SAA up against many countries who aid supports the rebels are a brave fighting force,im saddened by the worsening of relations between Turkey/Syria. Lets hope for peace.

Peter Kypros

10/6/2012 8:31:23 PM

It is clear that Turkey got involved into the internal affairs of Syria by supporting the rebels. The Syrian regime has no incentive to open another conflict with Turkey. The rebels use bases in Turkey and Turkey is aiding the rebels against the regime. For all practical purposes Turkey started attacking Syria by aiding the rebels. Given that, who shelled first becomes irrelevant.

Blue Dotterel

10/6/2012 7:01:23 PM

Turkey has been shelling Syria for four days without any evidence that the mortar fire came from Syrian forces rather than the "rebels" Turkey supports and helps arm. Indeed, the best evidence is that the "rebels" shelled Akcakale through errant fire; that is, accidently. It is obvious that NATO wants war, and will stoop to any pretense to cause it. Turkey will supply the cannon fodder.

Chris Green

10/6/2012 5:41:32 PM

I think that the appropriate response from Turkey would do insert a large expeditionary force to establish a protection zone for the border area which would have the effect of forming a safe haven for refugees and an additional military buffer against Syrian attacks. War with Syria was very close some years ago. It seems ever more likely now.

Mark Tak

10/6/2012 3:34:48 PM

Turkey is playing Oswald in JFK assasination, Erdogan offered his military to oil companies, and I would be very careful if I was Erdogan, and Israel would love to see Turks and Syrians kill each other, that is why Syria's arc enemy Israel is so quiet,kill two birds with one stone, Er-war-on you are a pawn in a oil game and Israel's plot,Turks will ask you the real question when time comes,and you will have no answer,AKP will end

Shah Hamdan

10/6/2012 1:51:26 PM

Turkey is finally dragged into Syria militarily. This tit for tat shelling shows Turkish government don't want to investigate who is shelling them now apart from 1st incidence.. If its their own terrorist or Syrian army is shelling them. Its a very serious issue and Turkish government need to show more maturity.

Alex Kader

10/6/2012 10:10:19 AM

There is no enough investigation but unjust decisions. Those fires or shells probably came from the extreme religious terrorist but there is a selective hearing and selective thinking so it is easy to blame Syrian soldiers. If we look at the past several months how and why this incidents escalated so rapidly, we will see the Turkish Islamic government relentless effort behind it.
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