Turkish Prime Ministry stated "Turkey reciprocated to Syria's attack with its armed forces at the border region within the rules of engagement immediately and Syrian targets detected by radars were hit by Turkish artillery fire."
In a statement released following the death of 5 Turkish citizens and the injury of 9 others after Syrian artillery shells landed in the south-eastern town of Akcakale, the Turkish Prime Ministry said that "Turkey, within rules of engagement and international laws, will never leave unanswered the provocations of the Syrian regime targeting Turkey's national security."
"All necessary diplomatic initiatives began immediately under the directives of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Phone conversations were held with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers of some countries who are members of the UN Council," the statement underlined.
"Within this frame, a phone conversation was also held with the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and a decision was taken to immediately convene the NATO Council," the statement said.
"We wish God's mercy to those citizens of ours who lost their lives, offer condolences to their loved ones and wish speedy recovery to our wounded citizens," the statement also said.
An assessment meeting on the Akcakale incident continues in Ankara under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.