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Oct 11, 2012

Syrians flee across river to Turkey as battle rages

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) – Syrian refugees fleeing across a narrow river into Turkey spoke of chaos and confusion as Syrian government forces battled rebels for control of the border area around their home town of Azmarin on Thursday.

Shells fired onto the town from surrounding hills sent thick plumes of smoke and dust rising into the air and sporadic cracks of gunfire could be heard from the Turkish side of the frontier.

Oct 10, 2012

Turkey warns Syria against cross-border shelling

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s military chief of staff said on Wednesday his troops would respond with greater force if bombardments from Syria keep hitting its territory.

Several mortar bombs landed outside the Syrian border town of Azmarin and heavy machinegun fire could be heard from the Turkish side as clashes between the Syrian army and rebels intensified along the border.

Oct 10, 2012

Turkey to use “greater force” if further Syria shelling

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s military will respond with greater force if shelling from Syria continues to hit its territory, its chief of staff said on Wednesday, as clashes between the Syrian army and rebels intensified along the border.

Several mortar bombs landed outside the Syrian border town of Azmarin early on Wednesday and heavy machinegun fire could be heard from the Turkish side. Plumes of smoke rose into the sky and cries of “God is greatest” rang out between the bursts of gunfire, a Reuters witness said.

Oct 10, 2012

NATO makes plans to back Turkey over Syria spillover

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) – NATO said it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary should the war in Syria spill over their border again as dozens of people were killed across the Arab nation on Tuesday.

Fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces could be heard from this Turkish border town following on from several days of clashes in the past week. One Syrian villager said a rebel push on the town of Azmarin was expected soon.

Oct 9, 2012

Syria clashes intensify near Turkey border

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) – NATO said on Tuesday it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary against any further spillover of violence from Syria’s border areas where rebels and government forces are fighting for control.

Rebel suicide bombers struck at President Bashar al-Assad’s heartland, attacking an Air Force Intelligence compound on the edge of Damascus, insurgents said. Activists living nearby said the bombing caused at least 100 casualties among security personnel, based on the ambulances that rushed to the scene.

Oct 5, 2012

Syrian rebels capture air defence base near Damascus

BEIRUT/AKCAKALE Oct 5 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels said they
had captured an air defence base with a cache of missiles
outside Damascus, a rare advance on the city after a series of
opposition setbacks in the capital.

Rebel forces overran the base in the Eastern Gouta area, a
few miles east of Damascus, on Thursday, according to video
posted on YouTube.

Oct 5, 2012

Turkish border town suffers spillover of Syrian violence

AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Standing outside his two-storey house, Mehmet stretched his arm through his shattered living room window, pulling at a tear in the net curtain as shards of glass crunch under his feet.

“This is how close we came,” he said.

Mehmet was sitting at home with his family on Wednesday when mortars fired from Syria came crashing down near his house in Akcakale, a Turkish border town that has seen itself unwittingly sucked into the conflict raging in its southern neighbor.

Oct 5, 2012

Turks on Syrian border sceptical after shelling

AKCAKALE, Turkey, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Frightened residents of
a Turkish border town shelled by Syria expressed scepticism on
Friday that military and political retaliation by Ankara would
succeed in deterring more deadly strikes by Damascus forces.

Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets for a
second day on Thursday, responding to the mortar fire that
killed five people the day before in the southeastern town of
Akcakale.

Oct 5, 2012

Turkey steps up Syria strikes, says will defend borders

AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian border town on Thursday, killing several Syrian soldiers, while its parliament approved further military action in the event of another spillover of the Syrian conflict.

Seeking to unwind the most serious cross-border escalation in its 18-month-old crackdown on dissent, Damascus apologized through the United Nations for shelling which killed five civilians in southeast Turkey on Wednesday and said it would not happen again, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said.

Oct 4, 2012

Turkey strikes back at Syria, says will protect borders

AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian border town on Thursday, killing several Syrian soldiers, while its parliament debated authorizing further military action in the event of another spillover of the Syrian conflict.

Syria’s staunch ally Russia said it had received assurances from Damascus that the mortar strike had been a tragic accident and would not happen again and Syria’s Information Minister conveyed his condolences to the Turkish people.