Four injured in latest rocket attack on Turkey’s Kilis

Published May 5th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Two rockets were fired from the Syrian side of the border, damaging a high school and other buildings in Kilis. (Twitter/Hurriyet Daily News)
Two rockets were fired from the Syrian side of the border, damaging a high school and other buildings in Kilis. (Twitter/Hurriyet Daily News)

Four people were injured in a rocket attack when three projectiles, reportedly fired from Syria, landed in Turkey's southeastern border province of Kilis Thursday, according to local security sources.

According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media, one of the rockets hit a wall between a vocational high school and the provincial National Education Directorate in Yasar Akturk neighborhood early morning, causing material damage to both buildings.

A second rocket landed on a nearby street, injuring three civilians.

About 20 minutes later, a third rocket hit the roof of a five-story building under construction in Necmettin Erbakan neighborhood, injuring another civilian.

Police have cordoned off the area and medical teams have been dispatched.

Kilis lies about four miles from the Syrian border.

Turkish towns and provinces have been repeatedly struck by fire from across the frontier since mid-January.

In Kilis province alone, 20 people have been killed and almost 70 others wounded by rockets which have fallen inside Turkish territory since January, according to the regional governor.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus – speaking on May 2 after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – said that in the last three months, 55 rockets had been fired by Daesh into Kilis. The Turkish military has shelled Daesh positions in retaliation.

On May 2, Turkish forces struck Daesh gun emplacements and ammunition dumps in the Suran, Arshak, Ikdakh and Ihtimalat regions on the Syrian side of the border, initially killing “50 terrorists”. This figure later rose to 64. Most recently, on Thursday, Turkish strikes killed 13 Daesh militants in Syria.

By Mehmet Fatih Aslan and Hale Turkes


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