Turkish batteries fired into Syrian territory, Al Arabiya television said Monday, without saying where it got the information. That followed a Syrian shell landing in a field as cotton harvesters worked near Hatay, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported, as the cabinet met to discuss the issue.
A convoy of military vehicles towing howitzers headed toward the border town of Reyhanli in Hatay province Monday and the army sent reinforcements, including tanks and missile defence systems, to an area near the border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Oct. 6, Anatolia said in separate reports.
Tensions between the two countries have risen during the 19-month rebellion against Assad’s government, with Turkey voicing support for the rebels. It worsened in June, when Syria shot down a Turkish warplane it said was in its airspace and on Oct. 3, when a Syrian shell fired over the border killed five Turks and triggered the cross-border exchanges. Last week, parliament gave the government a one-year mandate to send forces into Syria if necessary.
Turkey deploys tanks, missiles, to Syrian border as artillery exchange continues - thestar.com