Turkish soldier on guard killed by fire opened from Syria

Turkish soldier standing guard by border of Hatay province killed by fire from Syria

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security officials on Turkish-Syrian border

A Turkish soldier was killed by fire opened from Syrian territory on early Tuesday while standing guard in frontier zone, Hatay.

Hatay Governorate said in a written statement that the fire opened at 2 am from Syrian territory wounded infantryman Gokhan Cakir who were patrolling the region with the commander of the outpost. The attack was retaliated within the frame of rules of engagement while the injured soldier was immediately taken to hospital where he could not be saved despite the efforts.

Following the incident, security forces blocked the border gate of Cilvegozu to all entrances and exists until a further notice. Accordingly, trucks that carry loads to and from Syria are not allowed passing.

Two Turkish soldiers were similarly killed earlier by fires opened from Syrian region, which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

Soldier Yusuf Beylem was killed in Turkish border town of Kilis, when he was shot at from an ISIS-controlled area in northern Syria on Sep. 1.

On July 23, ISIS killed a non-commissioned Turkish officer, Yalcin Nane, and injured two sergeants by opening fire from Syrian side of the border.

Turkish military took ‘necessary measures’ to tighten security along the Syrian border following a National Security Council meeting held on June 29 and the ongoing efforts against ISIS intensified after an ISIS suicide attack on July 20 killed 34 people in the southeastern town of Suruc.

Following the attack Turkey declared it would open its Incirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana for use by anti-ISIS coalition forces.

Pentagon officials have long been in talks with Turkey over the use of the air base, which provides much easier and economical access to ISIS targets in northern Syria.

US and Turkish Air Forces hit several ISIS targets in Syria in recent operations while Turkish police also operate domestic raids on points that can be related to the militant group.

Turkish security forces also seized 12 suspects in southern province of Kilis on Tuesday who were attempting to cross the border illegally to Syria to join ISIS, according to official reports.

The suspects, four of whom were reported to be Turkish citizens, were taken into custody while a judicial investigation was launched against them.


TRTWorld and agencies