Turkish authorities seize 1,200 rockets at Syrian border
The Turkish authorities seized 1,200 rockets near the Syrian border on Thursday. (AFP/File)
Turkish authorities intercepted and confiscated a significant number of rocket warheads near the Syrian border, a local governor said on Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, Turkish police stopped a truck in Adana, around 50 kilometers from the Turkey-Syria border, and seized 1,200 rocket warheads, governor Huseyin Avni Cos told NTV television, Agence France Presse reported.
“We are investigating all the links,” he said, AFP reported. “We know that they were not going to be used in Turkey -- most probably outside our borders but we don’t know where.”
The governor also told NTV television that several people had been detained in connection with the arms deal. He did not provide a specific number, according to AFP.
The AFP report added that the private Turkish Dogan news agency reported that in addition to warheads, the authorities also seized various weapons including rockets and bombs.
Turkey cut off all relations with the Syria's government when Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime brutally cracked down on peaceful protesters in 2011. The Turkish government have publicly pledged support for the opposition fighting against Assad.
Ankara has repeatedly denied arming the Syrian rebels, according to AFP.