Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Tanju Bilgiç, In Response To A Question Regarding Allegations Of Shooting At Syrians Who Were Trying To Cross Into Our Borders Illegally

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 19.06.2016

QA-21, 19 June 2016

Certain reports in the media to the effect that Turkey's security forces deliberately opened fire on Syrian civilians last night who were trying to cross into Turkey illegally through the section of our borders near Hatay province and therefore caused their deaths do not reflect reality.

Our security forces maintain the security of our borders with appropriate measures in line with the sensitivities presented by risks and threats brought about by both the conflict in Syria and the activities of terrorist organizations and smuggling networks in this country.

Our security forces act fully within the confines of the legal framework when they respond to border incidents and illegal border crossing attempts.

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