Senior Turkish army officials inspect Syrian border
HATAY - Doğan News Agency
Turkish troops deployed in the border were on alert against possible attacks from Syria. DHA photoA delegation from the Turkish general staff inspected the Syrian frontier bordering the southern province of Hatay on Aug. 31.
The delegation comprising high-ranking officials flew over the border posts in Güveççi and Aşağıpulluyazı in two helicopters, Doğan News Agency reported.
Frequent clashes are ongoing between Syrian regime troops and rebels across the border from Güveççi.
The delegation, headed by General İhsan Uyar, also visited the Cilvegözü border gate near Reyhanlı with a 10 car convoy, agencies reported.
Turkish Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel told reporters that the armed forces were not worried about the prospect of Western military action in Syria. "We have made the necessary preparations," he told reporters during a Victory Day reception on Aug. 30.
Turkish troops have also reportedly issued an alert warning against possible chemical attacks coming from Syria and has stocked gas masks along the border.