Syrian projectiles hit southern Turkey amid increasing border tensions

Published August 23rd, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
The Turkish military retaliated both attacks with counterattacks on Kurdish positions. (AFP/File)
The Turkish military retaliated both attacks with counterattacks on Kurdish positions. (AFP/File)

Projectiles have reportedly been fired from inside Syrian territory onto Turkey, prompting Turkish troops to respond in kind.

The Tuesday incident saw two mortar shells being fired from Syria toward the Turkish border town of Karkamis and then three rocket shells striking Kilis, another border town lying 80 kilometers (50 miles) away.

The Turkish military retaliated both attacks with counterattacks on Kurdish positions and alleged targets belonging to the Daesh group inside Syria.

It is not yet clear whether the exchanges of fire led to any casualties.

Daesh has been staging several deadly attacks across the Turkish territory over the past months.

The country has also been coming under attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, whose position has been heavily pounded inside Iraq. Turkish authorities have also been leading a deadly crackdown in the country’s southeast to quell Kurdish militants there.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, reported that the first Turkish counterattack on Tuesday was aimed at the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara associates with the PKK.

The Kurdish fighters are moving from the town of Manbij — which they recently freed from Daesh — toward Jarablus, another town held by the terror group.


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