Syria slams Turkey over Paris attacker wife crossing border

DAMASCUS, Syria- The Syrian government has accused Turkey of allowing “terrorists” to freely cross the border after Ankara said the common-law wife of one of the Paris attackers entered Syria from Turkey earlier this month.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the woman, Hayat Boumedienne, arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2 before crossing into Syria on Jan. 8, the day after the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Turkey is a strong backer of Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, whose government views all of its armed opponents as “terrorists.”

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Monday that Turkey had aided terrorists who “shed the blood of Syrians and innocent people worldwide” and called on the international community “to stop Turkey’s destructive policy.”