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Turkey to build physical security system on border with Syria: Deputy PM

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Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says the country plans to establish a “physical security system” along its border with Syria after a recent deadly bomb attack in a border town.

“The critical issue here is preventing passage of terrorists [into Turkey] and taking physical measures along the border against the Daesh [another name for ISIL] threat,” Arinc said following a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday.

“A physical security system will be established along the border,” he added.

The decision was made two days after a deadly bombing in the town of Suruc near the border with Syria that left at least 32 people dead and over one hundred others injured.

Davutoglu said on Monday that there was a “high probability” that ISIL was responsible for the attack.

“We see Daesh as a threat… our border security system will be reinforced by getting started with the urgent points. Physical blocks will be made to avoid the passage points of terrorists,” he added.

The Turkish official further noted that Turkey condemns the ISIL Takfiri group as a “terrorist organization”, adding that his country is determined to fight the Takfiri group.

Turkish forensic investigators work at the site of a bomb attack which killed at least 32 in the Turkish town of Suruc near the border with Syria on July 20, 2015. (AFP photo)

Erdogan's government has been one of the main supporters of the terrorist groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2011, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the militants in Syria and facilitates the safe passage of terrorists into the country.

On June 12, Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman also revealed that Ankara allows ISIL terrorists to freely walk in the streets of the Akcakale border district in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa.


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