Turkey strikes targets inside Syria after mortar attack

ANKARA Wed Oct 3, 2012 3:49pm EDT

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said in a statement.

"Our armed forces in the border region responded immediately to this abominable attack in line with their rules of engagement; targets were struck through artillery fire against places in Syria identified by radar," the statement said.

"Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security."

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had spoken by telephone with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the foreign ministers of several U.N. Security Council member countries about the incident, the statement said.

Davutoglu had also agreed with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the need for an emergency meeting of NATO members, the statement said.

(Reporting by Mert Ozkan; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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Comments (3)
cervelovan wrote:
Oh, didn’t Erdogan criticize Israel for responding to rocket attacks?

Oct 03, 2012 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Meltdown69 wrote:
Rebels are behind this! Don’t fooled. Russia will not sit quietly,if NATO gets involved.

Oct 03, 2012 4:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Meltdown69 wrote:
You think the rebels are behind this?

Oct 03, 2012 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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