Turkish troops returned fire after a mortar shell from Syria landed in southern Turkey, a state-run news agency reported on Friday. Earlier, Prime Minister Erdogan warned Syria not to make a "fatal mistake" by launching further attacks.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday his country was “not far” from war with Syria as further cross-border skirmishes were reported.
Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
“We are not interested in war, but we’re not far from it either,” Erdogan said in his speech. "Those who attempt to test Turkey’s deterrence, its decisiveness, its capacity, I say here they are making a fatal mistake.”
Renewed shelling sees tensions escalate
“Either Syria isn’t getting the message or its troops are incorrigible but the overall picture is worrying,” said FRANCE 24’s Turkey correspondent Jasper Mortimer. “While Syria, Turkey and the world say they don’t want the violence to escalate, the fact is it could escalate very quickly.”
The cross-border violence was the most serious so far in the conflict, now in its 19th month, and underscored how it could flare across the region.
(France 24 with wires)
Date created : 2012-10-05