The Turkish military has returned fire on Syria after a mortar bomb landed in the countryside of Turkey's Hatay Province, Reuters reports.
The Turkish military has returned fire into Syria after a mortar bomb from Syria landed in farmland in Turkey's Hatay province, according to state media.
Syrian warplanes and artillery bombarded the central city of Homs today, in what activists described as the worst attack in months.
The city was rocked by several large explosions from warplanes, and activists say the air bombardment was accompanied by tanks and mortars on the ground.
A Turkish official said Syria has pulled tanks and other military equipment away from its border with Turkey, according to the Associated Press.
The Foreign Ministry official in Ankara said that the Syrian pullback was an effort to remove "any perception of threat".
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.
Footage from inside the base shows rebels inspecting what appears to be part of a surface-air-missile.
The claims cannot be independently verified as journalists are restricted from entering Syria.
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".
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."
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.
– UN Security Council statement
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.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the Syrian shelling of Turkey that killed five people "in the strongest terms", according to The Associated Press.