Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defense systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from President Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.
Turkish batteries fired into Syrian territory, Al Arabiya television said today, without saying where it got the information. That followed a Syrian shell landing in a field while cotton harvesters worked near Hatay, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported, as the Cabinet met to discuss the issue.
A convoy of military vehicles towing howitzers headed toward the border town of Reyhanli in Hatay province today and the army sent reinforcements, including tanks and missile defense systems, to an area near the border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Oct. 6, Anatolia said in separate reports.
Tensions between the two countries have risen during the 19-month rebellion against Assad’s government, with Turkey voicing support for the rebels. These worsened in June, when Syria shot down a Turkish warplane it said was in its airspace and on Oct. 3, when a Syrian shell fired over the border killed five Turks and triggered the cross-border exchanges. Last week, parliament gave the government a one-year mandate to send forces into Syria if necessary.
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