Syria Condemns Turkey Over Latakia Shelling

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Damascus: Syria on Tuesday slammed the government in Ankara over Turkey’s artillery fire on areas in Syria’s Latakia Province.

A source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry told the official news agency SANA that the artillery fire was “a blatant breach of international law.”

The source said Damascus “reserves the right to respond to this heinous crime with all available means,” which it said was “a crime against Syrian civilians.”

Reports early Monday said the Turkish military had fired rounds of artillery into areas in Jabal Atirah region, killing one Syrian soldier and injuring five other servicemen.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is affiliated to the so-called Syria opposition, confirmed the death of a pro-government soldier in the attack.

Turkish officials have yet to comment on the incident.

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