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Thousands of protesters have gathered in the streets of Turkey to demonstrate against a parliamentary memorandum allowing military operations against Syria if the government deems it necessary.
Demonstrators chanted slogans such as "Don't remain silent! Shout! All people are brothers and sisters!" and held banners emblazoned with "Hands off Syria!" and "Get out of the Middle East".
Earlier in the Turkish capital Ankara, police in riot gear fired tear gas at protesters as they charged toward them trying to march towards parliament.
The protests came as Turkish soldiers moved to stand guard near crossings on the Syria-Turkey border following yesterday's shelling of Akcakale, which killed five civilians.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the bill authorising strikes against Syria was "not a declaration of war" but merely a "deterrent".
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the UK recognises that Turkey has "every right to respond when attacks on Turkish soil against Turkish citizens take place".
Speaking while on a visit to Turkey, Mr Clegg told reporters he was "really shocked and saddened" by the deaths of five Turkish citizens after a mortar bomb was fired from Syria yesterday.
He said: "It's just yet another example of the cruelty and barbarism of the violence which is raging within Syria, yet another example of the totally illegitimate use of force by the Assad regime".
"And yet another reason why we must redouble our efforts working together - the UK and Turkey - with other members of the international community to bring this cruel style of violence to an end".
"Turkey has every right to respond when attacks on Turkish soil against Turkish citizens take place like that. We recognise that," he continued.
"We recognise that the Turkish response is a measured one and we very much hope that the events of the last 24 hours will not escalate further".
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson released the following statement today regarding rising Syria-Turkey tensions:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed by escalating tensions" on the Syrian-Turkish border and believes the risk of a regional conflict is growing, his spokesman told the Reuters news agency today.
Russia has blocked the adoption of a draft UN statement that condemns yesterday's Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town and proposed a weaker text calling for "restraint" on the border.
The original draft, circulated to the 15-nation Security Council yesterday, condemned "in the strongest terms" the shelling of Akacakale in Turkey's southeast, which killed five people, and demanded an end to violations of Turkish territory.
However, Russia's proposed statement, obtained by Reuters, does not refer to Syria breaching international law.
It states: "The members of the Security Council called on the parties to exercise restraint and avoid military clashes which could lead to a further escalation of the situation in the border area between Syria and Turkey".
If adopted, the non-binding statement would also call on the two neighbouring countries to "reduce tensions and forge a path toward a peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis".
The US also proposed amendments to "strengthen" the original text, a Western diplomat told the news agency.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has condemned Syria after a mortar bomb fired into Turkey yesterday killed five people.
In a statement read by her spokesman, Baroness Ashton urged the Syrian authorities to "put an end to the violence" and "fully respect" the sovereignty of its neighbouring countries.
Turkey's deputy prime minister has said that Syria has apologised through the United Nations for a mortar attack on a Turkish village left five people dead
Earlier, Turkey's parliament approved a bill that authorises military strikes in Syria, in response "aggressive action" by Syria's military that had become a serious threat to its security.
Turkey's deputy prime minister has said that a bill that authorises strikes in Syria is not a declaration of war.
Turkey's state media has said that its Parliament has approves a bill authorising military operations in Syria, the Associated Press reports.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Turkey's military response to a Syrian mortar attack that killed Turkish citizens is understandable, but an escalation of the situation should be avoided.
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The Turkish army fired more shells across the border into Syria - and its government authorised Turkish troops to cross it if necessary.