Security Council condemns shelling of Turkish town by Syria

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Gert Rosenthal

The shelling by Syrian forces of a border town in Turkey on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the Security Council.

In a press statement late on Thursday, it says this incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability.

The Council demanded that such violations of international law stop immediately and are not repeated.

Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala is the President of the Security Council for the month of October.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the shelling by the Syrian armed forces of the Turkish town of Akcakale, which resulted in the deaths of five civilians, all of whom were women and children, as well as a number of injuries. The members of the Security Council expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey."

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The members of the Security Council called on the Syrian Government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.

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