Turkish soldiers retaliate against stone-throwing children in kind
The incident took place near the Syrian border in Cizre.Turkish soldiers manning a post along the border with Syria responded with stones after coming under a hail of rocks from a group of seven children in the area, Cihan News Agency has reported.
The children, reportedly around 10 years old, approached the border post in the southeastern province of Şırnak’s Cizre district before throwing stones at the troops stationed there.
Rather than responding with tear gas as Turkish authorities frequently do, the soldiers responded in kind, prompting a short stone-throwing battle between the two equally sized groups.
In 2010, the government passed a law reducing sentences for children caught throwing stones at police, due to the number of youngsters serving hard time on terrorism charges in the nation’s prisons.