ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey said it could seek NATO's help in case the Syrian troops violate its borders again.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that "NATO has responsibilities to protect the Turkish border according to Article 5." He was referring to the article in the alliance's treaty stating that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members.
Syrian forces have opened fire across the Turkish border Monday, killing two people in a Turkish refugee camp near the border.
Carmen Romero, a NATO spokeswoman, expressed concern over the incident and said Thursday that the military alliance is "monitoring the situation very closely and will continue to do so."
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey, a NATO member, could seek help from the military alliance if there are future violations.
Turkey's powerful army is capable of dealing with a threat from Syria but Turkey could benefit from the alliances advanced missile defense systems. Turkey, however, is unlikely to take any unilateral military action unless there is a direct and strong provocation from Syria.