The shell which was fired from across the border in Syria had blasted through walls of the Turkish village of Akcakale.
As the firing started Zeliha Timucin, her three daughters and her sister were in the courtyard preparing an evening meal. They had been in the firing line and had no chance of survival.
The shocking tragedy has brought into sharp focus the plight of the people who live on the edge of the conflict along the Turkish – Syrian border. Their homes are just 500 metres from the border and many are of Syrian descent.
“The dead people are my neighbours, just next door. We have been devastated psychologically during the past month and a half, both adults and children. We can’t sleep at all, there is bombardment and noises until the morning,” said
Mahmut Soke who lives in the village.
He and his neighbours were united in grief as they buried the dead. Anger was present too. The Minister of Work and Social Security, Faruk Celik visited the relatives of the dead but one villager says he had turned up too late, that the government has not done enough to reassure them.
The minister then met the ten who were injured in the attack and are being treated in a nearby hospital.