July 17 - A man and 15-year-old boy are killed by stray bullets shot from Syria into a Turkish town, as Kurdish fighters battle Islamist Arabs in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The relentless sound of gun fire as the war in Syria goes street by streets in a town near the Turkish border. Kurdish fighters are battling with Islamist rebels. Bullets from the fight spilled over in into Turkey -- killing a man and a 15 year old boy. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says Kurdish armed men had taken control of most of the town -- battling with Islamist rebel fighters from an al Qaeda-linked group. The clashes between Kurdish fighters, who generally support the creation of an autonomous region within Syria, and Islamist Arabs started Tuesday after a Kurdish patrol was attacked and a gunman taken hostage. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, comes as Turkey with its own large Kurdish minority -- is watching closely -- worried that the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria could further embolden Kurdish militants fighting for autonomy within Turkey. Activists say more than 100,000 people have died in Syria in more than two years of war. Many more have been wounded as the battlelines bleed into other parts of the region