Report: Turkey responds to Syrian shelling

Associated Press
Syrians carry a rebel injured during fighting with the Syrian army in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, to the Turkish city of Akcakale on the Turkey-Syria border Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish troops have returned fire after a mortar shell from Syria again landed on its territory. Turkish artillery has fired at Syrian targets for two straight days after shelling from Syria killed five civilians in Turkey.  (AP Photo)

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Another mortar shell from Syria struck Turkish territory on Saturday, prompting a fourth day of retaliatory artillery fire from Turkey, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The mortar landed in a rural area near the village of Guvecci, during intense fighting between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and the rebels in Syria's Idlib province across the border. No one was hurt by the mortar. But Turkish troops near Guvecci immediately responded with "counter-fire," the agency said.

The latest shelling came a day after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Syria not to test Turkey's "limits and determination."

Turkish artillery has been responding to shelling from Syria since Wednesday, when a mortar landed at a Turkish border town, killing five civilians.

Turkey's parliament on Thursday also voted to allow cross border military operations in Syria, further raising tensions between the neighbors that were once close allies.

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