Gunfire overnight at Syria-Turkey border
ANKARA - Agence France- Presse
An activist of the group called "Freedom Convoy" waves a Syrian flag and chants slogans against president Bashar al-Assad during a gathering on January 12, 2012, near the Turkish-Syrian border city of Kilis, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Gaziantep, on the road to Aleppo, Syria's second largest city. AFP PhotoIntense gunfire rang out overnight at the Syria-Turkey frontier as Damascus moved to root out the opposition in a Syrian border village, a local source said Sunday.
According to a Turk living in a border village in southern Turkey's Hatay province, machine gun fire rattled late into Saturday night in the Damascus-led operation against the opposition in the Ain al-Beida village.
"We were very scared, the shots damaged our satellite dishes," said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
According to press agency Anatolia, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has telephoned the governor of Hatay to obtain details about the situation on the ground.
Some 7,500 Syrians have fled violent repression to Turkey since anti-government protests began in March. Most are living in camps in Hatay.
Once a close ally of Syria, Turkey has since been at the forefront of international criticism over the Damascus regime's crackdown on protests.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also urged his once close friend, President Bashar al-Assad, to quit.