Turkey to hold military exercises on border with Syria

Türkiye Materials 5 October 2011 14:49 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 5 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /

The Turkish armed forces will hold exercises in the Hatay area bordering Syria on Oct. 5-13, the Hurriyet newspaper reported citing the Turkish General Staff on Wednesday.
The exercises will involve 730 personnel and 40 military vehicles.

During the exercise, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the Syrian refugees camp located in Hatay on Oct. 9. Here, Erdogan is expected to make serious statements regarding the events in Syria.

The Syrian authorities have repeatedly concentrated the security forces in regions bordering Turkey due to exodus of the Syrians back after the riots. Syrian units, including tanks, were approaching the boundary line at a distance of 500 meters.

Some in Turkey argue that the Syrian troops conducted an operation in the border area to capture soldiers, deserters, trying to break in Turkey.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry earlier expressed concern in connection with Syria's military operations near the border and warned about the dangers of the Syrian side of such actions.

Meanwhile, the total number of Syrian nationals who fled to Turkey reached 7,605. They are housed in five camps under the administration of the Turkish Red Crescent.