Turkey’s parliament authorises military operations against Syria


Turkish military fires into Syria for second day after five civilians are killed by shelling in border town

Turkey’s parliament has authorised military operations against Syria and its military has fired into the county for a second day after shelling killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

For its part, Syria admitted it was responsible for the shelling and formally apologised for the deaths, a top Turkish official said.

The border violence has added a dangerous new dimension to Syria’s civil war, dragging Syria’s neighbours deeper into a conflict that activists say has already killed 30,000 people since an uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in March 2011.

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