Mortar bomb fired from Syria hits Turkey, three injured

A mortar bomb fired from Syria hit southeastern Turkey on Friday, slightly injuring »»

A mortar bomb fired from Syria hit southeastern Turkey on Friday, slightly injuring three people and damaging homes and workplaces in the Akçakale border area, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Turkish Foreign Ministry officials said they had no immediate information. The conflict in neighboring Syria has affected border areas in the past when stray bullets have flown into Turkish territory.

Last week, three other Turkish nationals were injured in the same border town after fierce clashes broke out between Syrian opposition fighters and regime forces.

In April, Turkey officially reported an incident to the United Nations in which at least five people, including two Turkish officials, were wounded when cross-border gunfire hit a Syrian refugee camp in Kilis, further west along the frontier.

Turkey beefed up its troop presence and air defenses along its 900-km border after Syria shot down a Turkish reconnaissance jet in June.

At the time, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the military's rules of engagement had been changed and that any Syrian element approaching Turkey's border and deemed a threat would be treated as a military target. 

2012-09-28

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