Relatives cry as pallbearers carry the coffin of Fehmi Karaca, 69, a shop owner killed in Saturday™s bombings, for burial in Reyhanli, Turkey, Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Hundreds of people have gathered in the southern Turkish province Hatay to protest against Saturday™s twin car bombings, which killed 46 people and injured over a hundred others in the town of Reyhanli.
On Sunday, the protesters held banners calling on the United States to stop its intervention and meddling in Syria.
The protesters are blaming the Turkish government for the incident because of its support for armed groups inside Syria.
Turkey has accused Damascus of being behind the attack but Syria has dismissed the claim.
Syria Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told a news conference on Sunday that his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that.”
He blamed Ankara for the Saturday bombings in Reyhanli as well as the ongoing unrest in Syria by facilitating the flow of arms, explosives, vehicles, militants and money across the border into the Arab country.
“It is (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan who should be asked about this act… He and his party bear direct responsibility,” Zohbi said.
The Syrian minister also stated that Turkey has planned the attacks to use them as a pretext to justify foreign intervention in Syria.
“Why this timing? Why these attack, just days before the meeting between Erdogan and (US President Barack) Obama? Does he (Erdogan), whose country is a NATO member, want to incite the United States (into intervening in Syria) by telling him his country has been attacked?” Zohbi said.
He added that the Turkish government has turned its border areas with Syria into centers for international terrorism.
“No one has the right to make arbitrary accusations. He accuses us first, and then says he will find the proof. That actually means he will fabricate the evidence,” Zohbi said, referring to Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler.