Targeting the U.S. observation point in Syria was out of question during the ongoing military operation in North Syria, Turkey's defense minister said Saturday.
Hulusi Akar said mortars were fired at Turkey's border post in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province from a kilometre (0.6 mile) southwest of the U.S. observation point.
As self defense, the terrorists positions were targeted, Akar said.
"There was no shooting of the U.S. observation point.
"Every kind of precaution was taken so no damage came to the U.S. base," Akar said.
He added that the firing stopped as soon as the U.S. brought up the issue with Turkish authorities.
Turkey on Wednesday launched Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terrorists and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.
Source: Anadolu Agency.