05/10/12 00:23 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
Turkey’s prime minister says his country has no intention of going to war with Syria, as protesters worried about an escalation of the cross-border violence marched through Ankara and Istanbul.
In the capital there were some clashes between protesters and police.
Turkey has attacked targets in Syria after a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory struck a Turkish border town.
Parliament approved further possible military action outside Turkey’s borders.
However the prime minister said the aim of the move was to deter further attacks, warning that his country’s determination should not be tested.
“We only want peace and security in our region. This is what we care about. We have no intention of war,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.
Turkey had already increased its military presence along the border after previous shelling from the Syrian side.
The military response has been backed by the US which said Turkey was trying to protect its sovereignty. The UN Secretary General expressed alarm at the escalating tension and called for maximum restraint.
In Akcakale on the Turkish-Syrian border the funerals have taken place of those killed by the Syrian shell.
A mother, her sister and her three children died. At least 10 others were injured.
The attack has heightened a sense of insecurity and sparked international concern over a possible escalation of the conflict.
Latest world news
Turkey: journalist heading to state secrets trial shot at moments before verdict
Second successful sea landing for SpaceX
Turkey won’t change anti-terror laws for EU visa-free travel – Erdogan
Cologne attacks: Algerian man acquitted of attempted sexual assault
Greece grinds to near halt in 48-hour general strike
Wires > News
- 18:35 CET Convoy of stranded residents speed through fire-ravaged Canadian…
- 18:32 CET Assailant tries to shoot prominent Turkish journalist outside court
- 18:30 CET Brazil senate committee votes for Rousseff impeachment trial
- 18:22 CET Pakistan’s tribal councils in spotlight after brutal ‘honour…
- 18:13 CET Russian firm milks chilly U.S.-Kremlin ties with ‘Little Obama‘…
- 18:01 CET Moroccan court jails brother of suspected Paris attack planner
- 17:08 CET Lawmaker in India’s Goa charged with buying, drugging and raping…
- 16:52 CET Romanian ex-president being investigated on suspicion of money…