The Turkish parliament has voted to allow the deployment of troops beyond Turkey’s borders if deemed necessary after concluding that “aggressive action” by Syria’s military had become a serious threat to its security.
Turkey continues to launch artillery strikes against its neighbour with the main target being the Tel Abyad district around 10km inside the Syrian border. Military sources believe a mortar bomb fired on Wednesday into Turkish territory, which killed five Turkish civilians originated in the area.
NATO demanded an immediate end to the acts against alliance member Turkey following the attack. Ambassadors from the 28 member nations held an emergency late-night meeting to discuss the situation at the organisation’s headquarters in Brussels.
A senior advisor to Prime Minister Erdoğan said that Turkey had no interest in a war with its neighbour but would protect its borders.