Syria and Turkey exchange fire for sixth straight day
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Syria and Turkey exchange fire for sixth straight day

Mortar lands in Hatay field, Turkish army retaliates; no injuries, damage reported

Turkish Armed Forces T-155 Fırtına artillery (photo courtesy of Turkish Armed Forces)
Turkish Armed Forces T-155 Fırtına artillery (photo courtesy of Turkish Armed Forces)

A Syrian mortar landed in Turkey’s southwestern Hatay province on Monday, the sixth consecutive day of cross-border fire. No injuries or damage were reported.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the shell landed on a cotton field in an area close to the border town of Altinozu on Monday. Farmers were working in the field at the time, but no one was injured.

A Turkish official said the Turkish military had returned fire.

Turkey and Syria have been firing artillery and mortars across their volatile border since Wednesday after shelling from Syria killed five civilians.

The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria’s civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday called on his people to be prepared for war with Syria should the need arise.

“One has to be ready for war at every moment, if it becomes necessary. If you are not ready, you are not a state and you cannot be a nation. The state that is not ready for war at any moment is not fully developed. Turkey must be ready for war no matter what,” Erdoğan said.

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