Teenager dies from stray bullets from Syria

A Turkish youth died late yesterday from injuries sustained last week when he was hit by stray bullets from Syria.

Teenager dies from stray bullets from Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ahmet Gündüz (16) of Ceylanpınar, a town in Şanlıurfa province, was hit in the head by stray bullets fired from the Syrian side of the border on July 16 and died on Thursday morning at Hacettepe University Hospital in Ankara, raising the number of recent deaths of this kind of incident to two.

Fighting in the border area has fuelled fears in Ankara about violence spilling from Syria's civil war intoT urkey, and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called a meeting with his military and intelligence chiefs and senior cabinet ministers on Wednesday to discuss the unrest.

The town of Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria has seen intense clashes between Democratic Union Party (PYD) fighters, a Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey, and Arab rebels from the al-Nusra front.

Turkish troops shot at PYD fighters in Syria last week in line with its rules of engagement after two rocket-propelled grenades from Syria struck a border post on the Turkish side.

The recent capture of Ras al-Ain by the PYD has raised alarm in Ankara that the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria could embolden homegrown militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting for autonomy in Turkey.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2013, 17:52