Turkish MPs to Decide on Green Light to Syria, Iraq Intervention

Southeast Europe | September 30, 2014, Tuesday // 10:22|  views

A girl runs as Turkish tanks guard the Syrian border after mortar shells hit Turkish territory in Suruc district, near Sanliurfa, Turkey 29 September 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Parliament in Turkey is expected to discuss and vote on an authorization to send troops against Islamic State (IS) fighters.

Speaker Cemil Cicek explained Monday the government sought approval from the legislature before the Eid al-Adha holiday starting this weekend, Cihan news agency reports him as saying.

Ankara demands that a motion pass last year to allow intervention of troops abroad be renewed so that Turkey could stop the IS offensive increasingly targeting its borders.

The text comprises Syria and Iraq and both countries will be included in the new version, but Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has said the content will be different.

Late on Monday at least 14 Turkish tanks were deployed to the hills overlooking the border with Syria after IS shelling into Turkish territory, with the attack targeting a refugee camp.

No-one was hurt after the insurgents fired at the camp, but earlier three people were wounded after a similar incident when shells hit a house on the border on September 28, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Turkey is now also facing a humanitarian challenger as 150 000 Syrian Kurds flocked to the country just in days fearing persecution from advancing Sunni extremists.

IS presently controls large swaths of land in both Syria and Iraq and has virtually obliterated parts of the common border in the territories it calls is "Caliphate".

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