Turkey and Syria exchange blows for fifth day running

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Turkey and Syria exchange blows for fifth day running

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Turkey’s military immediately returned fire on Sunday after yet another Syrian shell landed on its soil.

The artillery round landed in the town of Akcakale, a few hundred metres away from where a shell landed on Wednesday killing five civilians. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the latest strike.

The shell landed during a period of intense fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels just the other side of the border.

It was reported that the rebels seized a government outpost near the province of Hatay which sits on a hill overlooking the Turkish village of Guvecci on Saturday and a day later a rebel flag was seen flying over the building.

In the wake of recent artillery fire from Syrian forces, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus on Friday that Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked.