October 4, 2012
The bill, passed by 320 to 129, also permits strikes against Syrian targets.
But Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay insisted this was a deterrent and not a mandate for war.
Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria since Wednesday’s shelling of the town of Akcakale, which killed two women and three children.
Ankara’s military response marks the first time it has fired into Syria during the 18-month-long unrest there.
Syria’s UN envoy said two Syrian army officials were injured in the retaliatory shelling.
However, Mr Atalay insisted the priority was to act in co-ordination with international bodies.
He told Turkish television: “This mandate is not a war mandate but it is in our hands to be used when need be in order to protect Turkey’s own interests.”
He said Syria had accepted responsibility for the deaths.
“The Syrian side has admitted what it did and apologised,” Mr Atalay said.
Zeliha Timucin, her three daughters and her sister died in Akcakale when a shell fell in their courtyard as they prepared the evening meal.
They were buried in a local cemetery on Thursday.
Turkey had called for the UN Security Council to meet and take “necessary action” to stop Syrian “aggression”.