The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians and wounded at least 13 people in southeastern Turkey.
A statement from the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office said, â€œTurkey, within rules of engagement and international laws, will never leave unanswered the provocations of the Syrian regime targeting Turkey’s national security," adding, "Turkey reciprocated to Syria’s strike with its armed forces at the border region within the rules of engagement immediately and Syrian targets detected by radars were hit by Turkish artillery fire.
All necessary diplomatic initiatives began immediately under the directives of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Phone conversations were held with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers of some countries who are members of the UN Council. Within this frame, a phone conversation was also held with the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and a decision was taken to immediately convene the NATO Council."
The statement also wished God’s mercy to those citizens of ours who lost their lives, offered condolences to their loved ones and wished speedy recovery to wounded citizens.
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