Daily Israel Report

Turkey Once Again Attacks Targets in Syria

Turkey returns fire after a new Syrian shell landed in on its territory, just two days after a similar incident.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 10/5/2012, 9:09 PM

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
AFP/File

Turkey returned fire once again on Friday after a new Syrian shell landed in on its territory close to their common border, the Turkish private news channel NTV reported.

The Syrian shell landed in the Turkish town of Altinozu in Hatay province near the border, triggering an immediate response fire from Turkish forces, said an AFP report.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The fresh round of fire exchange comes two days after a Syrian shell killed five Turkish nationals in another border town, Akcakale, triggering a Turkish retaliation fire in its immediate aftermath.

Turkey ceased fire early Thursday morning, after a night of sporadic shelling that pounded unspecified targets in Syria.

Earlier Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that no initiative targeting Turkey's honor and prestige was left unanswered and will never remain unanswered, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Speaking at a public appearance in Istanbul to mark the beginning of a provincial transformation program, Erdogan said that they never wanted a war.

"However, we are not far from war. This nation of ours has come to the present time after seeing wars between continents and fighting," Erdogan stressed.

"Just as Turkey did not refrain from showing its reaction to the Akcakale incident, Turkey will not refrain from reacting politically and diplomatically to the massacre of the Assad regime of its own people," Erdogan noted.

"Such a tyrant and ruthless administration has lost legitimacy a long time ago and lost the chance to survive. Those who support such a (Syrian) regime understand with each passing day how mistaken they were and they find themselves in a more difficult position daily," he said.

"It would be a deadly mistake to test Turkey's deterrence, determination and capacity," Erdogan also said.

He also claimed that Turkey should be prepared for war if it wants to have peace.

"We are not war-lovers, but we are not far from war either," said Erdogan, according to a report in the Turkish daily Hurriyet. "The saying goes: 'prepare for war if you wish for peace.' So, war becomes the key for peace."

"They ask whether their kids will go to war? If need be, we, including myself, will all go all the way there," he added.

On Thursday, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action into Syria, if deemed necessary by the government.

The mandate, valid for one year, was passed by 320 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament.

The United Nations Security Council condemned Syria over the mortar attack on Turkey.

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