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Turkey returns fire after Syria bombing-official

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:26 GMT
Author: Reuters
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HACIPASA, Turkey, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Turkey's military launched a retaliatory strike after Syria fired a mortar bomb into countryside in Turkey's southern province of Hatay on Monday, a Turkish state official told Reuters.

It was the sixth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation against bombardment from the Syrian side of the border, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are battling rebels.

The exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria's revolt against Assad, which began in March last year with protests for reform and has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones which threatens to draw in regional powers.

The latest mortar round from Syria landed 150-200 metres within Turkey's border in the district of Hacipasa at about 3 p.m. (1200 GMT), the official said.

Turkey's armed forces have bolstered their presence along the 900 km (560 mile) border with Syria in recent days.

Syrian rebel sources in Syria's Raqqa province, bordering the Turkish town of Akcakale where Syrian shelling killed five civilians last Wednesday, said they had seen five Turkish army trucks full of soldiers, patrolling the Turkish side of the border.

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