Excerpts: Syrian violence hurts neighbors December 04, 2012
+++SOURCE: Saudi Gazette 4 Dec.’12:”Syrian violence touches Turkey, Lebanon
SUBJECT: Syrian violence hurts neighbors
EXCERPTS:ANKARA, Turkey – Syrian warplanes Monday bombed a security building
that had been taken over by rebels along the Turkish border, killing at
least one person, wounding 20 more and sending dozens of civilians fleeing
across the frontier, a Turkish official said.
The conflict also spilled into Syria’s eastern neighbor, Lebanon, after
Lebanese troops exchanged fire with rebels across the border late Sunday.
Violence from Syria’s 20-month-old uprising has on several occasions touched
neighboring countries, fueling concerns that the Arab Spring’s longest and
deadliest revolt could touch off a regional war.
Turkey scrambled fighter jets along its border with Syria, Turkish security
sources said. They said Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled from their base in
the southeastern city of Diyarbakir after the air raids on the Free Syrian
Army’s headquarters in Ras Al-Ain.
Shells landed in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, which abuts Ras Al-Ain,
triggering panic, the sources said.
Turkish ambulances ferried at least 21 wounded Syrians from the border to
Ceylanpinar’s hospital, the official said on condition of anonymity in line
with Turkish government policy. One of the wounded later died in the
hospital, the official said, adding that witnesses in Ras Al-Ain told him
more than a dozen people were killed in the bombing.
Television footage from Turkey’s Anadolu agency showed a large plume of
smoke rising over the town, and dozens of Syrian civilians were also seen
fleeing into Turkey after crossing through a barbed wire fence at the
Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said that Lebanese soldiers
stationed near the village of Qaa in the Bekaa Valley returned fire into
Syria after “armed men” shot at them from across the frontier late Sunday.
The agency quoted a statement from the Lebanese army that said there were no
casualties.. . .
Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA