Turkey’s parliament authorises military action in Syria

Thursday, October 4, 2012
By Paul Martin

BBCUK
4 October 2012

Turkey’s parliament has authorised troops to launch cross-border action against Syria, following Syria’s deadly shelling of a Turkish town.

The bill, passed by 320 to 129, also permits strikes against Syrian targets.

But Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay insisted this was a deterrent and not a mandate for war.

Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria since Wednesday’s shelling of the town of Akcakale, which killed two women and three children.

Ankara’s military response marks the first time it has fired into Syria during the 18-month-long unrest there.

Several Syrian troops were killed by Turkish fire, a UK-based Syrian activist group said. Damascus has not confirmed any casualties.

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