WW4 File: Turkey and Syria in de facto state of war: Turkish artillery opens fire on Syrian military targets for fourth straight day after two mortars cross border into Hatay province; Syrian rebels clash with Assad’s troops in neighboring Idlib governorate
October 6, 2012
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Pictured here: Turkish army unit takes up position in Akcakale on the border with Syria. Akcakale is a town and district of Turkey’s south-central Şanlıurfa province. It is located near the border checkpoint on the road to Tal al-Abyad, in the Syrian governorate of Ar-Raqqah.
On Saturday, Turkish artillery in that country’s southernmost Hatay province, responding to still more cross-border mortar attacks, pounded military targets in the neighboring Syrian governorate of Idlib, making this the fourth consecutive day in which Turkey has responded to such attacks. The AP news agency reports:
Two mortar shells landed in rural areas near the village of Guvecci in the early morning and at midday. Both shells prompted Turkish return fire, Turkey’s media reported. The first exchange happened shortly after intense fighting broke out across the border in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian rebels and the forces of President Bashar Assad’s regime, the private Dogan news agency reported.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels had attacked army positions in the Syrian villages of Khirbet al-Jouz and Darkoush about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Guvecci. Rami Abdul-Rahman, the Observatory’s chief, said both sides were exchanging mortar fire in the province where they were located, Idlib.
Note: There appears to be several Turkish villages named Guvecci. The one listed in Wikipedia is in Afyonkarahisar province, which is in western Turkey and thus nowhere near the military action reported above.