Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday expressed outrage over the killing of five people in a Syrian shooting across the Turkish border.

"With respect to what happened on the Turkey-Syria border, we are outraged that the Syrians have been shooting across the border," Clinton told reporters during joint press availability with the visiting Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov.

"We are very regretful about the loss of life that has occurred on the Turkish side. We are working with our Turkish friends," Clinton said, adding that she would soon be speaking with her Turkish counterpart in this regard.

Clinton remarks came as Turkey approached the United Nations and NATO after Syrian shells killed five people near a border town, including a woman and three children.

"This also comes down to a regime that is causing untold suffering to its own people, solely driven by their desire to stay in power, aided and abetted by nations like Iran that are standing firmly beside the Assad regime regardless of the damage, the loss of life, the violence that is happening both inside of Syria and now increasingly across Syria's borders with their neighbours," Clinton said.

"It's a very, very dangerous situation. And all responsible nations need to band together to persuade the Assad regime to have a cease-fire, quit assaulting their own people and begin the process of a political transition.

"So this is an issue that we are seized with and deeply concerned by and will continue working on," Clinton said.


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