Middle East

Mortar bombs, gunfire heard along Turkey-Syria border

Turkish soldiers monitor the border area between Turkey and Syria at a Turkish military base near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province, southern Turkey October 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

BESASLAN, Turkey: Heavy machinegun fire and the sound of mortar bombs could be heard on Friday along the Turkey-Syrian border near the Syrian town of Haram, a Reuters witness said, in another violation of a ceasefire intended to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

It was not clear whether the firing was from the Syrian army or from rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The firing could be heard from the Turkish border village of Besaslan in southern Hatay province.





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