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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Can we officially declare Turkey and Syria at war yet?

Turkey and Syria continue to trade shots across their border (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Syrian shelling hit a rural area in a Turkish border province Oct. 6, for the fourth time since Oct. 5, daily Hürriyet reported.

A shell fired by the Syrian army at opposition forces fell in the eastern province of Hatay, about 800 meters away from the village of Aşağıpullayazı Village in the Yayladğı district, at about 3:00 p.m. No casualties were reported.

The Turkish army early today returned fire after a new round of shelling from Syria hit the border province of Hatay, AFP reported.

No casualties were reported, Anatolian news agency said.

The incident happened today in the small Turkish village of Guvecci, near the border with Syria, when a mortar fell in a rural area. It came from across the border in Syria in a region where fighting has taken place between rebels and the Syrian army, Anatolia said.

The latest exchange came three days after Syrian shelling killed five Turkish nationals in another border town, Akcakale, triggering retaliatory fire and ratcheting up the tense relations between the neighbours.

Meanwhile, Turkey again returned fire yesterday after another Syrian shell slammed into its territory close to the border, said local authorities quoted by Anatolia news agency.

The Syrian projectile hit 50 metres from the frontier in a rural area near Turkey's Yayladagi town in Hatay province, triggering immediate response fire from Turkish forces, said Hatay governor Celalettin Lekesiz.

There were no injuries in Turkey, said Lekesiz.
I don't believe they're really at war. I believe that Turkey wants to install the Free Syrian Army in power because Assad has become too complacent about the existence of the Jewish state on his border for the last few years. Turkey is looking for a Syrian government with a more aggressive approach to Israel.

What could go wrong?

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