Fires Blaze Along Syria-Turkey Border
Turkish state TV accuses Syrian forces of starting them
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2012 4:40 PM CDT
A Syrian man burns the remains of his damaged belongings in the town of Atareb in northern Aleppo province on July 2, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The latest trouble to hit Syria: Fires, apparently started deliberately, are blazing along the border with Turkey. Turkish firefighters are battling the flames as strong winds caused them to cross the border and spread into Turkey, the AP reports. Turkey's state-run TV blames Syrian forces for starting the fires at four different points in an effort to take away the shelter of rebels in the area. In a new interview with a Turkish newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Turkey is "a party to all the bloody acts in Syria" because of its support for the rebels, Al Jazeera reports.