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'Several' Syrian soldiers killed in Turkish shelling: NGO

"Several" Syrian soldiers died when Turkish troops shelled their military post in response to earlier cross-border mortar fire which smashed into a Turkish town killing five people, a watchdog said on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight shelling across the frontier by Turkish troops hit a Syrian army post near the border town of Tel Abyad. It gave no exact figure for the number of soldiers killed.


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Turkey has demanded that the UN Security Council take action against Damascus after Wednesday's incident, in which mortar fire from Syria killed five Turkish civilians, including a mother and her three children, in the Turkish town of Akcakale.

Turkish artillery fired retaliatory salvos back at Syrian targets during the night, marking a sharp escalation in the crisis between the neighbours.

The artillery fire resumed again on Thursday morning, a Turkish security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Wednesday cross-border shelling was the first to kill Turkish civilians, making this the most serious clash since June, when Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet and killed both its crewmen.

© 2012 AFP

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Published on ASDNews: Oct 4, 2012

 

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