Five people were killed and 13 others wounded by artillery shells that fell in the province of Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, from Syria, Wednesday (3/10).
Sanliurfa Governor Celalettin Guvenc said three or four Syrian artillery shells fell in a Small Town Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria, according to semi-official Syrian news agency, Anatolia.
The artillery shells hit a house at around 16:30 local time (20:30 GMT), killing a mother and four children in the house. “In this incident, 10 people were injured, including several police officers. Two of the injured were in serious condition,” said Guvenc.
“We have evacuated 30 residents in an area near the Turkish-Syrian border as a precautionary measure,” Guvenc added.
The governor urged Turkey to “refrain”, adding: “We have informed the prime minister about the progress of the state. Required all meetings were held in Ankara.”
“Explosion in a Small Town Akcakale from Syrian territory cause panic, and strict security measures have been carried out in the town,” the mayor said as quoted Ayhan Akcakale Abdulhakim Anatolia.
Ayhan said two separate explosions occurred in the small town, according to Xinhua – which monitored ANTARA here on Monday morning.
After the blast, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held separate telephone conversations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the UN special envoy joint-Arab League Secretary General Lakhdar Brahimi and NATO-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He informed the officials about the incident, said Anatolia.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received information about the explosion of Sanliurfa Governor Celalettin Guvenc, and held an emergency meeting with senior officials of Turkey, NTV said.
NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, Wednesday (3/10), said NATO and anxious monitor closely the situation in southeast Turkey.
Ankara has repeatedly complained about stray bullets from rifles and artillery weapons into the territory.
Last week, the Turkish government has said it will take action if repeated mortar attacks into its territory from Syria.