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2 killed, 19 others wounded in clashes with security forces on Syrian border

04-10-2012 08:39 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

ANKARA, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Two Syrians were killed and at least 19 others, including two Turks, were injured in clashes with the Syrian security forces on the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday, Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Two Turks, namely Sevgi Topal, a woman translator at a refugee camp in southern Kilis city and police officer Ali Kaplan, were slightly wounded when Syrian security forces fired on fleeing Syrians.

All the victims have been taken to a hospital, Anatolia said, adding that the two Syrians died when receiving medical treatment and another severely wounded Syrian was transferred to Gaziantep Medical Faculty Hospital.

The wounded Syrians began to cross into Turkish Kilis province by walking on mine-planted zone Monday morning before they were wounded by Syrian security forces' fire between Azaz town and Salama border gate in Syria, Anatolia quoted Kilis Governor Yusuf Odabas as saying.

The Turkish foreign ministry has demanded Syrian authorities put a stop to the violence, said the report.

Meanwhile, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that the opposition forces killed at least six security forces members and customs officials on Monday in fierce clashes close to Syria's northern border with Turkey.

The fighting took place in the village of Salama, near a border crossing between the Syrian town of Azaz and the Turkish city of Kilis, according to Today's Zaman, adding that eight opposition gunmen were wounded in the clashes.

Turkey, once a close ally of Damascus, has imposed on Syria a series of sanctions, including an arms embargo, due to its alleged crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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