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Turkey President Urges International Action On Syria

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(RFE/RL) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul has warned that the “worst-case scenarios” are taking place in Syria and urged the international community to act.

Gul told reporters in Ankara on October 8 that Turkey would continue to do everything necessary to protect its borders.

His comments came as Turkey’s military reportedly launched a retaliatory strike after a mortar bomb was fired from Syria into the Turkish countryside earlier in the day.

Syria - Turkey Relations
Syria – Turkey Relations

It was the sixth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation against bombardment from the Syrian side of the border, where President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are fighting an insurrection that began alongside Arab Spring-style protests in early 2011.

The exchanges are the most serious crossborder violence in Syria’s revolt against Assad.

Turkey’s armed forces have bolstered their presence along the 900-kilometer border with Syria in recent days.

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