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Turkey's PM says Syria opposition not behind bombings

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 01:11

May 13 - Demonstrators denounce twin bombings in the border town of Reyhanli, while Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says there is no connection between the attack and the Syrian opposition. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Despite the rain, dozens in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli stage a protest to denounce the twin bomb attacks that killed at least 49 people and wounded dozens more there on Saturday. Some fear the bombings indicate that Syria's civil war is dragging into neighbouring states. Turkey accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out the car bombings and called on the world to act against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Damascus denied involvement. Speaking from Ankara, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the blasts were not related to the Syrian opposition, stifling rumors that Syrian rebels or refugees were involved. Erdogan reiterated that Turkey will not be dragged into the Syrian war, but would not hesitate to retaliate if they felt it necessary. Some are hopeful about renewed diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria, after Moscow and Washington announced a joint effort to bring government and rebels to an international conference as soon as possible.

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Turkey's PM says Syria opposition not behind bombings

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 01:11