BUDAPEST - Turkey's military response to a Syrian mortar attack that killed Turkish citizens was understandable, but an escalation of the situation should be avoided, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters on Thursday.

"The Turkish response is understandable, an outrageous act has taken place, Turkish citizens have been killed inside Turkey by forces from another country," Hague said. "So we express our strong solidarity with Turkey but we don't want to see a continuing escalation of this incident."

Hague said the Syrian government should make sure that "there is no repetition whatever of any incident of this kind so that such tensions on border regions with Turkey or with other neighboring countries can be avoided."

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