Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan finally has spoken : Turkey has no intention of going to war with Syria, Tayyip’s statement came hours after the Turkish Parliament in Ankara passed the bill authorizating cross-border operations in any scale against the Syrian Arab republic.
Ankara / NationalTurk – Turkey has no intention of starting a war with Syria,’ PM Tayyip Erdoğan expresses at a press conference amid anger over Syrian shelling that killed five Turkish citizens – a mother, three of her children and another woman – in the town of Akçakale on Turkish Syrian border yesterday. But he underlined that Turkey had the might to protect its nationals and borders if need rises.
‘ No country should dare test our determination on that,’ he warned. His comments came as the Turkish military amassed tanks and anti-aircraft missiles in Akçakale
According to Erdoğan it was not the first time Syria had shelled Turkish territory before branding it ‘ an accident ‘. He claimed that Turkey was previously hit seven times by Syrian mortars.
“Even today we had a shell landing in Altınözü district in [the southernmost province of ] Hatay,” Erdogan stated. “One time is an accident … but how is this an accident, when it happens eight times?”
Is Free Syrian Army bombing Turkey ?
Yesterday’s deadly strike triggered sporadic shelling from the Turkish side, with Turkish artillery hitting unspecified targets inside Syria in response. Some Turkish people hint that it can be the so-called Free Syrian Army who is responsible for shelling of Turkish towns !
Turkish military ceased artillery units ceased bombing Syrian targets earlier this morning.
Meanwhile, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari stated hard-pressed Damascus administration ‘ is not seeking any escalation with any of its neighbors, including Turkey,’ after a deadly cross-border shelling incident, for which Syria has not apologised as of yet.
‘ The Syrian government has a key interest in maintaining good neighborly relations with Turkey,’ Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told.