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    Gunfire From Syria Wounds 5 in Turkey

    Workers walk between container houses on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Kilis, Turkey, February 2012. (file photo)
    Workers walk between container houses on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Kilis, Turkey, February 2012. (file photo)

    Turkish officials say Syrian forces fired across the border at a refugee camp, wounding at least five people Monday, a day before a U.N.-brokered cease-fire is supposed to take effect.

    According to Syrian activists, two people were killed in the attack near a refugee camp in the southeastern Kilis region. About 25,000 refugees are currently housed in camps in Turkey's three provinces bordering Syria.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident began early Monday when Syria's armed opposition attacked President Bashar al-Assad's security forces at a border checkpoint. Activists said Syrian rebel fighters killed at least six members of Syria's security forces.

    Monday's border incident is the first of its kind since Turkey began sheltering thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing a bloody crackdown on a 13-month anti-government uprising, but similar attacks have occurred along Syria's border with Lebanon.

    Lebanese media reported Monday that a television journalist was shot dead in crossfire in the border region. Lebanon's Al-Jadeed satellite television blamed the Syrian army for the death of cameraman Ali Shaaban, saying troops opened fire at its crew, which was on Lebanon's side of the border. There was no independent confirmation of the shooting circumstances.

    Map showing town of Kilis, Turkey, on border with Syria.
    Map showing town of Kilis, Turkey, on border with Syria.

    Annan Turkey visit scheduled
    International envoy Kofi Annan is to visit one of the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey on Tuesday in a previously scheduled trip.

    Annan's six-point peace plan, including a cease-fire, is to go into effect on Tuesday, but Syria's violence has escalated in recent days with the killing of about 175 people.

    A video released Monday via a social media network purports to show a spokesman from the Free Syrian Army joint command, Col. Qassem Saad Eddin, announcing the rebels' commitment to the impending cease-fire.

    "The joint command of the Free Syria Army inside Syria announces its complete commitment the U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, in line with the U.N. Security Council resolution which calls for a cease-fire from all parties," the speaker said on video. "We will honor this promise if the regime remains committed to the initiative."

    Assad's government said Sunday it wants iron-clad "written guarantees" that insurgents would stop fighting before it withdraws troops from cities.

    But the commander for the rebel Free Syrian Army, Riad al-Asaad, said it will not give guarantees to the Syrian government.

    In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry urged the Syrian government and opposition groups to abide by pledges for a cease-fire.

    Separately, an international rights group said Syrian forces have summarily executed more than 100 people, mostly civilians, during the past four months, mostly in March. Monday's report by Human Rights Watch said this includes several mass executions in the restive provinces of Homs and Idlib. The New York-based group said report authors included only cases corroborated by witnesses, but that they received more reports of similar incidents.

    U.N. officials have said more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began more than a year ago.

     

    Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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    by: feras
    April 09, 2012 2:19 PM
    Land and sea witness testifies the crimes and the terrorism which is done each and every moment by the International Criminal Bashar Al-Assad .
    Every silent country , organization or even individual persons allover the world are participant in the massacres .
    Stop the masscare in my country

    by: Uthman
    April 09, 2012 8:46 AM
    This attack on Turkish soil by Assad’s assassins can be considered an act of war against Turkey. It would be justifiable that the Turkish authorities establish a safe haven buffer inside Syria for several kilometers to prevent a repeat of this criminal act. If Assad refuses this buffer, Turkey would be justified to use force to establish this safety buffer to protect Turkish soil from a repeat of this criminal act against Turkish sovereignty.

    by: Julian Leonard
    April 09, 2012 7:05 AM
    This is pure false flag! That the media reproduces this story WITHOUT EQUIVOCATION is testimony to the sheer bias in the coverage we're being fed on Syria.

    Tommorrow, no doubt, Syrian troops will be seen tipping babies out of incubators.

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