A Turkish journalist has criticized the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for its policies regarding the unrest in Syria.
In an article published in Turkish daily Cumhuriyet
on Saturday, Sukran Soner wrote that the Turkish government’s stance on the developments in Syria is concerning.
She added that the camps built for the Syrian refugees inside Turkey have been set up to function as a military base for the Syrian opposition, from which weapons are transferred to armed groups inside Syria.
The criticism comes as Ankara has ordered the deployment of troops and military equipment on its border with Syria after Syria downed a Turkish F4 Phantom warplane. Damascus has said that the aircraft was shot down, while violating the country’s airspace.
Erdogan threatened that Ankara would retaliate against Damascus over the incident, saying that he had given orders to the Armed Forces to react to any threat approaching Turkish borders from Syria.
Syria has been the scene of violence by armed groups since March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces.
Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.