Turkey returns fire to Syria

Turkish forces fired across the border into Syria today after a shell launched from Syria landed in Turkey's border town of Akcakale.

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Turkey returns fire across Syrian border

The Syrian shell landed inside the Turkish border
The Syrian shell landed inside the Turkish border Credit: APTN

Turkish artillery fired towards Syria for a fifth day in a row today, minutes after a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory.

A Syrian shell landed 200 metres inside Turkey, near the border town of Akcakale. Town mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan said that Turkish artillery immediately returned fire.

The Turkish army are returning fire across the Syrian border
The Turkish army are returning fire across the Syrian border Credit: APTN

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President Assad makes rare public appearance

Syrian state TV showed President Assad making a rare public appearance
Syrian state TV showed President Assad making a rare public appearance Credit: RTV

Syria's President Bashar al Assad made a rare public appearance today to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier on the anniversary of the 1973 Middle East war.

Syrian state TV showed President Assad laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier today
Syrian state TV showed President Assad laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier today
Syrian state TV showed President Assad laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier today
Syrian state TV showed President Assad laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier today Credit: RTV

More shelling across Syrian Turkish border

Another mortar shell from Syria struck Turkish territory, prompting a fourth straight day of retaliatory artillery fire, and reviving fears that the crisis in Syria could spiral into a regional conflict.

The mortar landed in a rural area near the village of Guvecci, early today, just minutes after intense fighting broke out across the border in Syria's Idlib province, between Syrian rebels and the forces of president Bashar Assad's regime, the private Dogan news agency reported.

No one was hurt by the mortar, which landed some 50 yards inside Turkish soil and some 700 yards away from the village, said a statement from the office of the governor for Turkey's border province of Hatay. An army unit based near Guvecci promptly responded, firing four 81-mm mortars, it said.

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