Report: Turkey plans computerized automatic weapons on Syria border

Turkey is stepping security measures on its border with Syria, including plans to install computerized automated firing systems, Yeni Safak newspaper reported Monday.

The weapons would be part of so called "smart towers" equipped with thermal imaging systems to prevent illegal crossings over the border.

If anyone gets within 300 metres of the border a warning will be sounded in three languages, which if not heeded, will trigger the weapons system, according to the report in the pro-government daily.

Requests to the Ministry of Defence for comment on the reports have gone unanswered.

Turkey was heavily criticized for its once-porous border with Syria, which allowed fighters to cross over and join rebels in the country's civil war. Some eventually joined Islamic State.

Last year, Turkey began to significantly step up border security, especially in areas bordering territory controlled by Syrian Kurds.

Last update: Mon, 30/05/2016 - 18:19


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