ANKARA Nov 8 Two civilians in Turkey's Hatay
province were wounded by gunfire from Syria on Thursday, a
Turkish official said.
The two Turkish citizens in the border town of Ceylanpinar
were struck by stray bullets fired from the Syrian town of Ras
al-Ain just across the border where Syrian rebels are fighting
One woman and one young man were wounded, the official said.
Turkish state-run Anatolian news agency said both casualties
had been taken to hospital and that Turkish security forces had
increased their presence along that stretch of the border.
Turkey has been bolstering security along its 910-km
(560-mile) border with Syria and has been responding in kind to
gunfire and mortar shells hitting its territory.
On Wednesday, officials said they had asked NATO to deploy
Patriot surface-to-air missiles along the border to guard
against the possibility of a further spillover in the violence.
Five Turkish civilians were killed last month when a mortar
fired from Syria struck their house in Akcakale, a border town
in Sanliurfa province further east.
Tension between the two neighbours, once close allies, is at
its highest since Ankara turned against Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad last year over his violent crackdown on anti-government
Turkey's chief-of-staff has said his troops will respond
"with greater force" if shells continue to land on Turkish soil,
and parliament has authorised the deployment of troops beyond
Turkey, heightening fears that Syria's civil war could drag in