Turkey deploys tanks along Syrian border

Tension rises, army in state of high alert

01 July, 14:41

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JULY 1 - Turkey has strengthened its military presence along the border with Syria with tanks and missile batteries, several local media report. Army units deployed along the border have also been placed in high alert. Armored vehicles and military personnel from the 5th Armored Brigade were on Tuesday moved to the southeastern province of Kilis. Missile batteries were sent to the Karkemis hills in the Gaziantep province, a strategic point to look out over Syrian territory nearby. The strengthening of the Turkish military presence along the border was decided after an intensification of clashes between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish fighters in recent days. Several media report that the jihadist fighters have mined part of Syrian territory between Karkemis and Jarabulus, in the Aleppo province just over the Turkish border. Several trenches have been dug, which aim to - among other things - to block the movement of armored vehicles if the Turkish army does cross the border. Some trenches have been dug by Turkish soldiers in Nusaybin, in the Mardin province, located in front of the Kurdish-Syrian city Qamishli. The daily Bugun reports that all the units deployed along the border have been placed in ''maximum alert'' for the next 24 hours, while the interior ministry has called meetings with governors and police officials of the provinces concerned to draw up an action plan for any potential popular uprisings in the case of armed intervention. (ANSAmed).

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