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Turkey protests as Syrians open fire at border


A clash between Syrian rebels and troops spilled over the border, leaving one dead and several injured. Turkey summoned Syria's envoy over the clash.

Meanwhile a Lebanese cameraman was shot dead on Lebanon's Syrian border.

The violence comes amid fading hopes that a UN-brokered Syria ceasefire will start on Tuesday as planned.

Clashes have continued in Syria despite the truce deal, which requires Syrian troop withdrawals from towns and cities.

The violence showed no sign of abating on Monday, with at least 50 people reported killed. They included at least 12 members of the Syrian security forces who died in clashes close to the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said.
 The organisation said the Turkish cross-border incident began with a clash between opposition fighters and Syrian troops at Salameh.
A number of rebels escaped over the border, it said, with Syrian forces continuing to fire on them.
The Observatory said one person later died in the Kilis refugee camp, which is reportedly just metres over the border.

The Associated Press news agency quoted Gaziantep provincial Governor Yusuf Odabas as saying that one Turkish translator and a Turkish policeman were among those hurt.

A Turkish foreign ministry official told Reuters: "After this incident the Syrian charge d'affaires in Ankara was called and we demanded an end to this."

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