Syrian mortar round hits Turkey, no casualties

January 14, 2013 12:52

ANKARA - A mortar round, apparently fired from Syria, crashed in a field in Turkey overnight close to a refugee camp housing thousands of Syrians along the border but there were no casualties, Turkish state media reported on Monday.

The incident, which could not immediately be confirmed by Turkish officials, would mark the first reported instance of spillover from Syria's civil war in Turkey in several weeks.

NATO troops have begun deploying Patriot defense missiles in Turkey - a supporter of rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad - against a potential attack from its southern neighbor.

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