* Escalating Turkey-Syria conflict threatens supplies
* IMF cuts global growth forecast
(Updates previous Singapore)
LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Oil rose towards $113 a barrel onTuesday after two days of losses, with tensions in the MiddleEast and the risk of supply disruptions outweighing concernsabout sluggish global demand.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the"worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were nowplaying out, fuelling concerns that the 18-month-old conflict inSyria may spread to other countries in the region.
"Right now the market is concerned about the continuingconflict between Syria and Turkey, and the worry is that, if itescalates, it may disrupt supplies," said Ker Chung Yang, seniorinvestment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.
Brent futures rose 73 cents to $112.55 by 0915 GMT.U.S. crude climbed 48 cents to $89.81, also reboundingafter two consecutive sessions of declines.
Tensions between Syria and Turkey are at their worst sinceMarch after cross-border firing accidentally killed some Turkishcivilians last week, causing Istanbul to boost its militarypresence along the border.
This could threaten oil production in the north of Iraq andits transport to the West, analysts said.
Concerns over the situation have eclipsed Iran'slong-running row with the West over Tehran's disputed nuclearprogramme that has led to sanctions on Iranian oil shipments.
But a poor outlook for the global economy is keeping a lidon oil price gains.
<^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 24-Hour Brent chart: 24-hour U.S. crude chart: IMF revises growth forecasts: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> IMF CUTS FORECAST
The International Monetary Fund cut its global growthforecast for the second time since April and warned U.S. andEuropean policymakers that failure to fix their economic illswould prolong the slump.
For 2012, the IMF now expects global output to grow just 3.3percent, down from its July estimate of 3.5 percent, making itthe slowest year of growth since 2009.
It predicted only a modest pickup next year to 3.6 percent,below its July estimate of 3.9 percent.
Growth in China's economy, the world's second-biggest, willslow to 7.8 percent this year from 9.2 percent in 2011, the IMFsaid, warning of risks to emerging Asia if the euro zone crisisworsens and the United States does not avoid its "fiscal cliff".
(Additional reporting by Ramya Venugopal; Editing by RobinPomeroy)
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