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Clashes erupt on Syria's border with Turkey

Arab World Materials 3 May 2013 01:10 (UTC +04:00)
A police officer has died and at least 10 other people have been injured after gunfire broke out on Syria's border with Turkey, officials say
Clashes erupt on Syria's border with Turkey

A police officer has died and at least 10 other people have been injured after gunfire broke out on Syria's border with Turkey, officials say, Aljazeera reported.

The violence started on Thursday as Syrians trying to cross into the neighbouring country opened fire across the border towards the Turkish guards.

An entry post was also set on fire during the clash.

Abdulhakim Ayhan, mayor of the border town of Akcakale, said shots were fired when Turkish authorities issued warnings to a large group of Syrians trying to cross illegally.

There were conflicting reports as to the identity of the group, with some describing them as smugglers while others said they were civilians trying to escape the violence. Another report said the group had included Syrian rebels.

A police officer died in hospital while six more were injured. Up to five civilians were also wounded during the violence.

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