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Turkey could call on NATO over Syria border incidents

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu may ask NATO for help if Syrian troops violate Turkey’s border again.

Highlighting the alliance’s duty to protect the borders of member nations, Davotoglu pointed out Turkey is within its rights to involve the international force and has already reported an incident to the UN.

“We are investigating the shooting that happened on Monday.

“Our Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Wednesday that ‘NATO has responsibilities to protect the Turkish border according to Article 5.’ He was referring to the article in the alliance’s treaty stating that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members. Turkey’s border is a NATO border,” Davotoglu said at a press conference in Ankara.

Syrian troops tried to pass through a border post in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis on Wednesday whilst pursuing people trying to flee.

Two Syrian refugees were killed and two Turks were wounded after Syrian forces opened fire across the border on Monday.