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Ankara said the attacks were in retaliation for a Syrian mortar strike that killed five people in Turkey's southeastern town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province earlier on Wednesday.
In a letter to the UN Security Council, Ankara condemned the shelling as “a flagrant violation of international law,” and asked the world body to take action to stop such “acts of aggression.”
The Turkish parliament is due on Thursday to discuss a motion for cross-border military operations inside Syria "when deemed necessary."
NATO ambassadors also held an emergency late-night meeting in Brussels to discuss the Syrian shelling and the Turkish backfire.
The alliance blamed Syria for the incident and demanded Damascus end what it called aggressive acts against member-nation Turkey.
Meanwhile in a phone conversation, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Washington’s full backing for Ankara at NATO and the UN, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Separately, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "We stand with our Turkish ally and are continuing to consult closely on the path forward.”
The Turkish forces fired artillery shells at targets in the Syrian territory during the early hours of Thursday.
The exact number of the Syrian soldiers killed in the attack has not been reported.
Turkey’s attack follows a Syrian mortar strike that killed five people in the southeastern Turkish town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on Wednesday.
Syria said it had started an investigation into the cause of the mortar attack on the Turkish territory.
Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi also sent a message of condolence to the Turkish people and families of the victims.
As stated on 26 June 20l2, the Alliance continues to closely follow the situation in Syria. In view of the Syrian regime’s recent aggressive acts at NATO’s southeastern border, which are a flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger to the security of one of its Allies, the North Atlantic Council met today, within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, and discussed the continuous shelling of locations in Turkey adjacent to the Turkish-Syrian border by the Syrian regime forces.The most recent shelling on 3 October 20l2, which caused the death of five Turkish citizens and injured many, constitutes a cause of greatest concern for, and is strongly condemned by, all Allies.In the spirit of indivisibility of security and solidarity deriving from the Washington Treaty, the Alliance continues to stand by Turkey and demands the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an Ally, and urges the Syrian regime to put an end to flagrant violations of international law.
Large amounts of money and weapons are being transferred from Lebanon to Syria by a network of Qatari intelligence and Lebanese agents, the Lebanese daily newspaper Ad-Diyar reported on Wednesday.
The network is reportedly supervised by British and French agents.
“Such a move could have dire consequences for the region and beyond,” she said in an address to the Third Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) in the Peruvian capital of Lima.
She expressed concern for mounting pressure in favor of military intervention against Iran's nuclear energy program, though she did not mention Israel by name.