President: Turkey will not fight Syria
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 8 / Trend A.Tagiyeva /
Turkey is not going to be at war with Syria, no matter what happens, Turkish President Abdulla Gul said, the Anadolu Agency reported.
A civil war is continuing in Syria, with hundreds of people being killed every day, Gul said.
Relations between Turkey and Syria worsened after the incident at the border on October 3, when artillery shells were directed from the neighbouring territory towards the Turkish area of Akchakale. Five people were killed and 11 injured. In response to the incident the Turkish Parliament provided the government with a one year mandate for cross-border military operations on October 4, as well as towards Syria.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 30,000.
Over 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.