Turkey

Child dies in rocket attack in southern Turkey

Turkey retaliates killing 20 Daesh members in Syria

05.05.2016
Child dies in rocket attack in southern Turkey

By Izzet Mazi

KILIS, Turkey

A child has died and eight other people were injured Thursday evening after rockets fired from the Daesh-controlled territory in Syria hit the south-central Turkish province of Kilis.

Five rockets fired from Daesh-controlled territory in Syria hit the Kilis province, Turkish security sources in condition of anonymity said due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Two landed in the Namik Kemal neighborhood and two others in the Caylak neighborhood. The fifth rocket landed in a wasteland in the Yeni Besevler neighborhood.

Sources said nine injured people were rushed to the hospital, but a five-year-old girl, Nisa Done Sezer, succumbed to her wounds.

Numerous buildings were damaged in the explosions.

In retaliation, 20 Daesh members were killed Thursday night when the Turkish army attacked two ammunition vehicles in the Kara Mezraa and Dudiyan regions in Syria near the Turkish border, military sources told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

Many other Daesh members were also reportedly injured.

The evening's attack was the second wave of rocket attacks from within the Syrian border on Thursday.

Four people were injured when three rockets hit in Kilis city in the morning hours.

Kilis lies six kilometers (four miles) from the Syrian border and has been repeatedly struck by cross-border rocket fire since mid-January.

According to official figures, 20 people have been killed and almost 70 wounded by rockets.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said 55 rockets had been fired by Daesh into Kilis in the last three months. Retaliatory artillery fire and airstrikes have killed scores of Daesh terrorists.

According to military sources, a total of 2,144 Daesh targets have been struck in Syria since July, killing 807 Daesh militants. A further 365 have been killed in Iraq.

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