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Clashes restart in northern Syria between Nusra, Kurdish fighters

Turkish armed forces said Friday that clashes between al-Qaida-linked Nusra militants and Kurdish fighters erupted again overnight in northern Syria near the Turkish border.

The Turkish military said in a statement that shooting between al-Nusra Front and the Democratic Union Party, the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, erupted on Thursday night, breaking a few days of relative calm in Syria's Ras al-Ain.

The conflict lasted late into the night and heightened tensions in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, directly across the border from Ras al-Ain, the statement said.

Turkey's Cenkerser border station returned fire coming from the Syrian side with 15 infantry rifle shots and 25 machine gun shots, according to the statement.

Conflicts on Syria have frequently spilled into Turkey in the past few months. The latest incident occurred on July 28 when dozens of stray bullets fired during clashes between al-Nusra militants and Kurdish fighters hit some houses in Ceylanpinar.

[Source: Xinhua, Ankara, 02Aug13]

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