Turkey fires into Syria for second day

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 11:01 AM

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military has been firing at targets in Turkey for a second day today. And Turkey's Parliament is authorizing military operations against Syria.

The action is in response to yesterday's shelling from Syria that killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

A top Turkish official says Syria has admitted it was responsible for the shelling, and has formally apologized.

The official says today's action by Turkey's Parliament isn't a declaration of war on Syria -- but that it gives Turkey the right to respond to any future attacks from Syria. He says it's supposed to serve as a "deterrent."

Under the measure, Turkey's armed forces could take unilateral action inside Syria without the involvement of Turkey's Western or Arab allies.

But the Turkish official says his country's "main priority" is to "act together with the international community."

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APPHOTO XBO121: People mourn after they buried the mortar attack victims in Akcakale, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.(AP Photo) (4 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO119: People mourn after they buried the victims in Akcakale, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town. (AP Photo) (4 Oct 2012)

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