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Turkey vows to retaliate after Syrian shells hit border town

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Turkey vows to retaliate after Syrian shells hit border town

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The Turkish border town of Akcakale is trying to return to normal after being shelled by Syrian forces last week.

Schools were scheduled to reopen after the deadly clashes but students who turned up for class on Monday found teaching staff absent.

“The schools should have opened but our teacher is not here so we are waiting for her. Probably the school will be closed again today,” said one pupil

The latest Syrian shell fell on Sunday night, landing several hundred metres from Akcakale, where five civilians were killed on Wednesday in another strike.

The exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria’s conflict, which began as pro-democracy protests, but has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his warning to Syria that Ankara will not shy away from war if it continues to be provoked.