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Report: Syrian Shells Strike Turkey, Killing 5

Oct. 3, 2012 - 12:34PM   |  
By UMIT ENGINSOY and BURAK EGE BEKDIL   |   Comments
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ANKARA — Syrian shells killed five people and injured another nine when they exploded in a neighboring Turkish town late Oct. 2, Turkish television reported.

“A mother and four of her children were killed when a Syrian shell exploded in their garden,” said a report by Haberturk television. “Another nine people were injured, two of them seriously,” it added.

It was not immediately clear if government forces or the rebels were shelling, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. and Arab League official on Syria, and later with Ban Ki-moon, U.N. chief, by phone, the official said.

The government was expected to meet later in the night.

“Both sides in Syria have reasons in trying to lure Turkey in the fighting,” said former senior diplomat Uluc Ozulker.

One Foreign Ministry official said Turkey is not likely ready to open a war with Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a major protector of Syria, is expected to visit Turkey on Oct. 15, the ministry official said.

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