(15 Oct 2012)
1. Various of Turkish soldiers on border with Syria
2. Various of tanks along border
3. Various of Tal Abyad, Syria, as seen from Turkish side of border
A strong Turkish military presence continued to be in place along the country’s border with Syria on Monday.
Tension has been steadily on the rise between the two neighbours after five Turkish citizens were killed when a Syrian shell flew over the border and landed in the Turkish village of Akcakale earlier this month.
Squads of tanks and soldiers could be seen close to Akcakale on Sunday.
On Wednesday Turkish F-16 jets forced a Syrian A-320 to land in Ankara on suspicion of carrying illicit cargo.
The plane was en-route from Moscow to Damascus and the cargo turned out to be radar parts, which are not illegal as Russia and China have vetoed attempts by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on the regime of President Bashar Assad.
Turkey’s foreign minister on Saturday warned Damascus that Ankara would not hesitate to retaliate against Syria if there was another border violation which threatened Turkey’s security.
According to activists, more than 32-thousand people have been killed in Syria since a revolt against Assad’s regime erupted 19 months ago.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape the fighting which has devastated whole neighbourhoods in Syria’s cities and towns.
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