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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Rebels 'capture air base' outside Damascus

Syrian rebels celebrate 'capturing' an airbase outside Damascus
Syrian rebels celebrate 'capturing' an airbase outside Damascus Credit: RTV

Syrian rebels say they have captured an airbase outside Damascus. Rebels posted a video on social media saying they had captured the base, in the Eastern Ghouta area, a few miles outside of the Syrian capital.

The airbase, a few miles outside Damascus, according to rebels
The airbase, a few miles outside Damascus, according to rebels Credit: RTV

Footage from inside the base shows rebels inspecting what appears to be part of a surface-air-missile.

The inside of the airbase purports to show surface-to-air missiles
The inside of the airbase purports to show surface-to-air missiles Credit: RTV

The claims cannot be independently verified as journalists are restricted from entering Syria.

UN Security Council condemns attacks on Turkey

In a rare show of unity, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned Syria's shelling of Turkey yesterday.

In a statement read by Guatemala's UN Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, the Security Council said the incident "highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability".

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Turkey not interested in war 'but not far from it'

Turkey's Prime Minister left Syria in no doubt today of the consequences of launching another mortar attack over the border. Tayip Erdogan said that testing his country's capacity for deterrence would be a 'fatal mistake". He added:

"We are not interested in war, but we're not far from it either. This nation has come to where it is today having gone through intercontinental wars."

Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan Credit: Reuters

UN urges Syria to 'respect the sovereignty' of Turkey

The UN Security Council strongly condemned a mortar attack by Syria on a Turkish border town that killed five people. The 15-member council said in a statement:

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the shelling by the Syrian armed forces of the Turkish town of Akcakale, which resulted in the deaths of five civilians, all of whom were women and children, as well as a number of injuries. The members of the Security Council expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey.

The members of the Security Council underscored that this incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability. The members of the Council demanded that such violations of international law stop immediately and are not repeated. The members of the Security Council called on the Syrian Government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.

The members of the Security Council called for restraint.

– UN Security Council statement
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