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  Tishrei 18, 5773 , 04/10/12

After cross-border fire, Turkey responds to Syria

Turkey resumed pounding Syrian targets early on Thursday, reportedly killing several soldiers, in reprisal for deadly cross-border fire that has sharply escalated tensions in the tinder-box region.

"Artillery fire resumed at 0300 GMT this morning," a Turkish security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The escalation came after mortar fire from Syria crashed inside the Turkish border town of Akcakale on Wednesday, killing five civilians, including a mother and her three children, the first time Turkish citizens had been killed as a result of fire from Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.

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