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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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Thousands protest in Turkey over Syria strikes bill

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.

Protesters shout slogans during an anti-war demonstration in Istanbul Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

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".

An anti-war protest in Istanbul Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

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.

Riot police use tear gas to prevent protesters marching to parliament in Ankara Credit: Reuters/Stringer Turkey

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.

Turkish soldiers stand guard on the Turkish-Syrian border near Akcakale Credit: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the bill authorising strikes against Syria was "not a declaration of war" but merely a "deterrent".

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