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Turkey retaliates after Daesh rocket strikes

Daesh terrorists launched two more devices at Kilis on Wednesday, prompting artillery fire from Turkish forces

04.05.2016
Turkey retaliates after Daesh rocket strikes

ANKARA

Turkish artillery shelled targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for Daesh cross-border rockets which struck the southeastern city of Kilis.

According to a military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, two rockets were launched into Kilis at 8:00 a.m. Turkish time on Wednesday (GMT 05:00).

Turkish target acquisition radars later located Daesh weapon dumps which were then hit by artillery fire.

The source added that three Daesh terrorists were killed during the operation.

Kilis, a province just six kilometers (four miles) from the Syrian border, has been subjected to repeated rocket attacks since January, resulting in 20 deaths.

Speaking recently on the Al-Jazeera television network, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would continue to target Daesh in Syria.

The prime minister said the Turkish army would shell Daesh positions so long as rockets continued to hit southern Kilis province.

Elsewhere, the military conducted an air operation in Turkey's southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak on Tuesday evening at 8.30 p.m. local time (GMT 1730), destroying PKK terror organization targets.

PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the state in July 2015.

Since then, more than 400 members of the security forces have been martyred and more than 3,700 PKK terrorists killed.

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