Middle East

Egypt warns against Syria crisis spreading after Turkey strike

Turkish (L) and Syrian Independence flags are seen between the border gates Akcakale of Turkey and Tel Abyad of Syria, in Akcakale, southern Sanliurfa province, October 4, 2012. Turkish artillery hit targets near Syria's Tel Abyad border town for a second day on Thursday, killing several Syrian soldiers according to activists and security sources, after a mortar bomb fired from the area killed five Turkish civilians. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

CAIRO: Egypt warned Syria's government on Thursday not to violate the borders of its neighbours and said it saw numerous dangers to the region if the conflict spread.

Egyptian Foreign Mohamed Kamal Amr made his comments in a statement a day after a mortar bomb fired from Syria killed five Turkish civilians, prompting Turkish artillery to hit target inside Syria killing several Syrian soldiers.

Amr said Syria should stop bloodshed on its own soil and "called on the Syrian government not to violate the borders of neighbouring states, warning of the numerous dangers to the whole region" if the crisis expanded.

Egypt's newly elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi has been an outspoken critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has been building close ties with Turkey.





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