Turkey constructing wall on border with Syria: Reports

ANKARA: The Turkish military has reportedly started constructing a concrete wall along Turkey’s southern border with conflict-stricken Syria.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is building the wall – three meters (10-feet) in height – in the Reyhanli district of Turkey’s southern province of Hatay, which lies just across from the northern Syrian village of Atmeh, AFP cited Anadolu news agency as saying on Friday.

The report said the wall will be two meters thick, and its total length will be 8.25 kilometers. Some 2.5 kilometers of the wall has already been constructed, and the Turkish army is also digging ditches just behind it, according to the report.

Turkey recently launched airstrikes against purported Daesh targets in Syria as well as the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq. The airstrikes were launched after a deadly bomb attack that left 32 people dead in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the northern Syrian town of Kobani, on July 20. Turkey attributed the attack to Daesh.

A shaky ceasefire between Turkey and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared as null by the latter following the Turkish airstrikes against the group, narrowing chances of the two sides reaching a potential peace deal in the near future.

There have been reports that the Turkish government actively trains and arms the militants operating in Syria, and also facilitates the safe passage of would-be foreign terrorists into the crisis-stricken Arab country.

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