Turkish artillery targets Syria in response to shelling that killed 5 in Turkish town

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 8:04 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Tensions are high along the border between Syria and Turkey, after deadly shelling from Syria hit a Turkish border town today.

Turkish artillery fire has been aimed at Syrian targets in response to the shelling, which killed five residents of a Turkish town and wounded a dozen others.

The shelling from Syria appeared to come from Syrian government forces who were fighting Syrian rebels backed by Turkey. The Turkish government has called for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have crossed the border between the two countries to flee the violence in their country.

NATO ambassadors have been meeting in Brussels in response to the shelling. Turkey is likely to receive an expression of support from the alliance, though there isn't expected to be any move by NATO members to intervene militarily.

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