Turkey to enhance security measures on its Syrian border

Turkish defense minister says state will heighten security measures on its border with Syria to ensure safety of citizens

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Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yılmaz walks with soldiers to inspect security measures in border province of Sanliurfa.

Turkey will enhance high-tech security measures on its border with Syria, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Sunday.

Speaking to media in the southern border province of Kilis, Yilmaz said security efforts to protect the border against any threat from Syria would be completed by the end of 2016.

"The efforts that have been launched in a 911 kilometer [566-mile] field are underway and a 250-km part of it will be completed in the midst of 2016." said the defense minister.

Dubbing the efforts to secure the border an ‘endless’ process, the minister noted that security would improve with technology every year.

"We will ensure the safety of citizens living in Republic of Turkey with the erection of walls, wire fences on the walls, surveillance cameras, drones, balloon systems and sensors" Yilmaz added.

Asked whether the Turkish shelling of PYD/YPG positions would continue or not, the minister said Turkey would not refrain from anything to protect itself.

The Turkish Army shelled the Syrian side of the frontier as of 7:00pm local time [1700GMT] on Friday.

Turkish security forces began firing at 4:00pm [14.00 GMT] close to the Oncupinar border gate, the sound of artillery fire could be easily heard reported an Anadolu Agency correspondent in Kilis.

Turkey's shelling of the PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK group, started last week in a move to halt the advance of the PYD/YPG terrorists towards Azaz, a Syrian town north of Aleppo.

In Syria, a conflict has been raging since early 2011 and has led to the deaths of more than 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes, according to the UN.

TRTWorld, AA