Bullets from Syrian border land in Şanlıurfa province

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 15:09:00

Bullets struck an automobile and the window of a local business in the Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa province on Friday, harming no one but raising fears about violence across the border in war-torn Syria.

According to a report from the Anatolia news agency, gunfire was heard in the early hours of the morning in the town of Ceylanpınar, which is located just meters across the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, in the Al Hasakah governate of northeastern Syria.

Fesih Turgay, the owner of the damaged automobile, told Anatolia on Friday that he found a bullet lodged in his car windshield after going shopping in the morning. Meanwhile, a local business told the agency that their shop window had been broken by what appeared to be several bullets.

In a statement to the press, the Ceylanpınar district governor promised an investigation into the allegation that the bullets came from across the border.

The incident comes amid rising tensions along the 900-kilometer Syrian-Turkish border, where military operations by the Syrian military just kilometers from the border have left Ankara wary of the conflict's potential to spill over into Turkey.

Last month two refugees at a Turkish aid camp in the southeastern province of Kilis were killed by Syrian soldiers firing on rebels who were escaping across the border after ambushing a military checkpoint. Turkey is hosting roughly 24,000 Syrian refugees in camps near the border.

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