Turkish authorities have said Turkish army fired back at targets in Syria in a third straight day after a mortar shell fell in a non-residential area in southern Turkish province of Hatay amid cross-border attacks this week, Todays Zaman reported.
Hatay Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz told reporters on Friday that a mortar shell fell in Aşağıpulluyazı village of Yayladağı district, 50 meters away from the Syria border and Turkish army immediately "fired back at targets" within Syria. The governor said there were no causalities.
A Syrian shell struck a Turkish border town Wednesday and killed five civilians. Turkey retaliated with artillery strikes and warned Syria that it would not tolerate such a spillover again.
Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets on Wednesday and Thursday in response, killing several Syrian soldiers, and the Turkish parliament has authorized cross-border military action in the event of further aggression.
A Turkish official said Syria has pulled tanks and other military equipment away from its border with Turkey following deadly cross-border shelling this week.
Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolia also reported that Turkey fired back at Syria on Thursday night after another mortar shell fell in Altınözü district of Hatay.