Turkey Deploys Tanks as Syria Tension Continues

PM accuses UN of repeating Bosnia mistakes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2012 6:16 PM CDT
Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, right, listens to a commander during his tour of the military along the border with Syria in Hatay, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Turkish Military, HO)

(Newser) – Tension between Turkey and Syria continues to increase, and yesterday Turkey moved tanks and missile-defense systems to the border hills overlooking Syria, Bloomberg reports, citing state-run media. Turkey had earlier scrambled jet fighters when a Syrian helicopter got close to the border. "Turkey will retaliate if Syria violates its border again," the foreign minister said today. "We will do what’s necessary. We hope Syria won’t repeat its previous violation of the border," when shells killed five Turkish civilians.

Also today, Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had particularly harsh words for the UN Security Council, accusing it of repeating mistakes that led to the 1990s Bosnian massacres, the New York Times reports. "This negligence 20 years ago was explained by the international community being caught unprepared in dealing with the issues of the post-cold-war era," he said at an international conference in Istanbul. "Well, how can the injustice and weakness displayed in the Syrian issue be explained today?" (Read more Turkey stories.)

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