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Turkey responds to shelling from Syria

Military reacts after base in Kilis province is fired on by artillery

13.02.2016
Turkey responds to shelling from Syria

Ankara

ANKARA

The Turkish military responded to an artillery attack on an army base close to the Syrian border on Saturday, a military source said.

According to the unnamed source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the Akcabaglar base in Kilis province was shelled by the forces of the “PYD/PKK” -- referring to a Syrian Kurdish group and its affiliate PKK, which has waged war on Turkey since 1984.

The shelling came from Azaz in Aleppo province, which has been the scene of recent heavy fighting.

Turkish forces reacted within rules of engagement that provide for an immediate response to any border threat, the source said. There was no further description of the form of response or detail on when the incident occurred.

In a separate incident, the army also responded to mortar fire from Syrian government troops on a Turkish police station in Calibogazi, Hatay province, at 2.55 p.m. local time (1255GMT). Again, there was no information on the type of response.

Turkey lists both the PYD and the PKK as terror organizations while the U.S. and EU have also listed the latter as a terrorist group. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.
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