Mortar shells from Syria fired into Turkey

Monday, March 24, 2014

Three mortar shells drop on Turkey's border area as fighting between regime and opposition for a border town intensifies

Three mortar shells drop on Turkey's border area as fighting between regime and opposition for a border town intensifies

HATAY - Several mortar shells dropped Monday on Turkey's Yayladagi region - close to the Syrian border - as a result of a fight between Syrian opposition and regime forces for control of a town close to the Turkish border, Anadolu Agency correspondents at the scene reported.

The shells were reportedly fired from the Syrian town of Keseb, seized by the opposition armed group Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday, but which regime forces are trying to recapture.

Three mortar shells dropped on the Yayladagi district of the Hatay province.

Turkish troops near the border retaliated by firing mortar shells, authorities said.

Turkey and Syria share more than 800 km of border.

The war between the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to the embattled President Bashar Assad had been in an uneasy stalemate since late 2013.

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since President Bashar al-Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

The civil war, which entered its fourth year last week, has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

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