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Turkey: Would not refrain from responding to Syria

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Turkish riot police on Monday surround the destroyed shops two days after the explosions on Saturday that killed 46 and injured about 50 others, in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday Turkey would "not refrain" from responding to twin car bombings it has blamed on Syria, but also said it would also act with caution and not be drawn into its neighbor's civil war.

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkey will "not refrain" from responding to twin car bombings it has blamed on Syria, but that his government will be cautious and avoid being drawn into its neighbor's civil war. Saturday's powerful bombings at a border town that is a main hub for Syrian refugees and rebels, was the bloodiest attack in Turkey in recent years. It escalated tensions between the two former allies and raised fears the conflict in Syria could engulf Turkey. The official death toll in the attacks stood at 46.
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