It has been reported that Turkey has fired on Syrian targets after rogue shells from Syria fell in Turkey and killed a woman and three children. This is the first time a country has responded to the 18 month battle in Syria.
At least five people were killed and tens injured when a shells landed in Turkey’s Akcakale.
Rumors abound that Turkey’s military was shelling Syrian military sites near the border early this morning (Thursday). Yesterday, Turkey fired on Syrian government targets after a border town in Turkey was shelled.
For more on the relationship between Turkey and Syria, see:
- Turkey Calls Syria a “Terrorist State”
- Turkey Crosses Syria Border Giving Aid
- Turkey Troops Amass on Syria Border
Turkey’s parliament is arranging an emergency session to deal with the issue, and many assume that the meeting will grant the government the authority to strike Syria preemptively, should the threat situation worsen.
According to the Syrian opposition group Local Coordination Committees of Syria, Turkey’s military shelled Syrian military sites in Tal Abyad, just 10 kilometers from the Turkish border.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Our armed forces on the border responded immediately to this atrocious attack within the rules of engagement, and points in Syria determined by radar were hit with artillery fire.”
“Turkey, within the confines of the rules of engagement and international law, will never leave these types of provocations aimed at our national security unanswered.”
The UN Security Council is set to meet on Thursday to condemn Syria’s actions, and Turkey has demanded that the Security Council take “necessary action” to stop Syria’s “aggression”. This request was issued by the Turkish envoy to the UN, Ertugrul Apakan, in a letter to the president of the Council.
The UN is becoming increasingly concerned that the situation in Syria could spread into a regional conflict, particularly after the Turkish activity in the past 24 hours.