Turkey Strikes Daesh Targets in Syria After Shelling Hits Border Town

Residents remove debris after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Maysar neighborhood in Aleppo, April 11. Turkey on Tuesday hit Daesh targets in Kilis in northern Syria. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

ISTANBUL, April 12  – The Turkish army hit Daesh targets in northern Syria in response to cross-border rocket fire that hit a border town in southeastern Turkey for the second day in a row, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

The military was responding to attacks on Kilis, near the Syrian border, Davutoglu said.

The town is home to an estimated 110,000 Syrian refugees and is frequently hit by artillery from across the border, a region controlled by the Daesh group.

“Yesterday and today, rockets belonging to Daesh terrorist organization landed inside Kilis, wounding 21 citizens,” Davutoglu said in the speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament.

“Our armed forces, within rules of engagement, responded immediately and hit Daesh targets,” he said.

In March, two people, including a young child, were killed by rocket fire in Kilis.

Mayor Hasan Kaya told Reuters that one shell on Tuesday struck road works while the other landed inside an empty lot. Some of the wounded were municipal workers, he said.

The Turkish armed forces often respond to such attacks by firing at targets in Syria. Turkey is an outspoken critic of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and has supported opposition fighters in the five-year-old war.

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