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Turkish guards fire back at 15 armed Syrians approaching Turkey, disobeying 'stop' alert

urkish General Staff: Amid clashes in Syria's Ras Al Ayn, two shells fell into Turkish side of the border killing 1, wounding 2 others

27.07.2013
Turkish guards fire back at 15 armed Syrians approaching Turkey, disobeying 'stop' alert

ANKARA
 
Turkish General Staff announced on Saturday that Turkish guards fired back at 15 Syrian armed civilians who were approaching Turkey disobeying the "stop" alert and fired at the guards on late Friday.

Issuing a written statement on its official website, Turkish General Staff said Turkish guards at the Border Post on the Turkish-Syrian border noticed 15 civilians reputed of Syrian origin coming from Syrian side and drawing close to the Turkish side at about 21:05 local time on Friday.

Disregarding the "stop" alert by the Turkish guards, the 15 civilians continued to approach Turkey which was followed by a warning shot of the Turkish guards into the air.

However, Syrian civilians fired 5 times at the Turkish guards and answered by the guards by a backfire, as the statement said.

In another incident, two shells fell on Friday into the Turkish side of the Syrian border during the ongoing clashes in Ras Al Ayn town of Syria's Hasakah city between the Syrian opposition and Kurdish terrorist organization PKK's militia in Syria (PYD).

Turkish General Staff also issuing a statement on its official website regarding the incident, said "two artillery shells fell 1 kilometer inside the Turkish border in Ceylanpinar town of the Turkish border city Sanliurfa amid the clashes in Syria's Ras Al Ayn at around 19:50 local time on Friday."

The statement went on to say that the shells left 1 Turkish citizen dead, Sukru Kahraman, 43, injuring his two sons Mehmet, 23, and Ahmet Kahraman, 12.

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