From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Turkey fires on Syrian targets as crisis continues to escalate
Thursday 04 October 2012
by Our Foreign Desk
Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day today but said it had no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after shelling from Syria killed five civilians in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.
Turkish authorities were evacuating vulnerable members of the town’s population, something that residents said should have been considered earlier.
Meanwhile, the country’s parliament passed a Bill authorising the military to launch cross-border operations in Syria.
Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said that the Bill approved by the Turkish parliament authorising the use of force in Syria by a majority of 320-129 was not a declaration of war but intended as a deterrent.
Police fired tear gas to stop a group of anti-war protesters chanting “We don’t want war” and “the Syrian people are our brothers” from approaching parliament as MPs debated the motion.
Cross-border tensions had escalated on Wednesday after a shell fired from inside Syria landed on a home in Akcakale, killing a woman, her three daughters and another woman and wounding at least 10 others.
The Turkish response was prompt. It fired salvos of artillery rounds deep into Syria.
Syrian ally Russia said it had received assurances from Damascus that the mortar strike had been a tragic accident and would not happen again.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi offered his “sincerest condolences on behalf of the Syrian government to the family of the deceased and the Turkish people.”
But the Nato military alliance, of which Turkey is a member, met at an emergency session in Brussels and condemned the attack on Turkey, demanding “the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an ally.”
It also urged the Syrian regime to “put an end to flagrant violations of international law.”
A myriad of Syrian rebel groups have been using Turkish territory as a base for their operations against the troops of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
But the government-sponsored Bill accused Syria of carrying out “aggressive acts toward our country’s territory” and said “these acts have continued despite our warnings and diplomatic initiatives.”
See also here.
Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria in response to the killing of five of its citizens by incoming mortar fire onto the border town of Akcakale poses a danger of regional military escalation: here.
Iraqi Prime Minister Warns Against NATO Fomenting War In Syria: here.
Syria the West’s next war target: here.