Turkey strikes Syria after mortar bomb hits Hatay

At least one mortar bomb fell in Hatay's Reyhanlı district on Sunday morning. (Photo: İHA)

October 29, 2012, Monday/ 10:16:00

Turkey struck Syrian forces close to its border on Monday morning after a Syrian mortar bomb fell in the southern Turkish province of Hatay.

The mortar bomb fell 300 meters north of the village of Beşaslan, in the Reyhanlı district of Hatay, on Monday morning, after clashes between Syrian regime forces and opposition fighters escalated in the Syrian town of Harim.

The mortar bomb fell in a non-residential area of the Turkish village. The state-run Anatolia news agency reported that the Turkish army responded immediately with artillery fire.

Turkish news portal ntvmsnbc.com reported that at least four mortar bombs had fallen in Beşaslan and that gendarmerie forces are conducting investigations in the area.

Meanwhile, 29 Syrian troops, including five wounded, surrendered to Turkish border security on Sunday morning to avoid being captured by fighters of the Free Syrian Army after the opposition forces captured Allani village on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Five injured soldiers were taken to various Turkish hospitals while others were taken to local gendarmerie departments for interrogation.