WASHINGTON — Turkey, one of Syria’s neighbors, is taking border security seriously.
Reuters reports that one of eight civilians who were trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border was killed by a Turkish border patrol.
The Syrian civil war has escalated as international terrorist group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has entered the war on the side of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey is apparently smuggling shipments of small arms to the rebels, who are divided between Islamist al-Qaeda elements and secular forces.
This recent occurrence shows how volatile the region has become and the potential for a large spillover effect, where lawlessness, refugees and violence is on the rise. Lebanon is facing a possible civil war as a car bomb detonated in a Hezbollah part of Beirut, the country’s capital and as Lebanese elements protest Hezbollah’s involvement.
Israel has remained adamant it will stay out of the war, while Saudi and Qatari backers fund the Syrian rebels. Russia and Iran continue to buoy up the Syrian government regime led by Assad. The West, which includes Great Britain, France and the U.S., are sending advanced weaponry to the rebels on several conditions.
The United Nations is as ineffective as ever and cannot stem the rising tide of violence, where over 70,000 Syrians have been killed over the course of the two-year-old civil war.