At least seven people were killed when a bomb exploded on the border between Turkey and Syria Monday. Turkish news agencies said that the explosion happened on the Turkish side of the border, about 40 meters from a border crossing.
The suicide bomber was one of those killed in the explosion. His motive was unknown, officials, said.
After a period of quiet, officials in the region said, the border between the two countries has heated up again, much to the ire of the Turks. Relations took a nearly fatal blow last October, when Syrian soldiers either accidentally or on purpose blew up a refugee camp in the border area. Syrian planes have sortied over Turkey numerous times in the past weeks. The sorties are seen as “punishments” by Damascus for Ankara's opposition to Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, a report said that a Syrian rebel group had gained control of locks on the Euphrates River, but left shortly later. According to the group, the Syrian army had planned to blow up the locks, which would have wrought havoc on farmers in the area, destroying farmland and killing workers.