Rocket strikes from Syria kill at least two people in Turkey, governor says
Rockets fired from Syria towards Turkey’s border town of Karkamis on Monday killed at least two people and wounded six, a Turkish regional governor said.
“Five mortars/rockets were fired... towards Karkamis center. Two of our compatriots died. Six of our citizens were wounded, two of them seriously,” Davut Gul, the governor of the southeastern Gaziantep province, said on Twitter.
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According to the Anadolu official press agency, the strikes hit a high school and two houses as well as a truck near the border crossing that links Karkamis to the Syrian town of Jarablus.
Images on Anadolu showed shattered windows at a school as well a truck in flames.
On Sunday, rockets fired from Syria wounded six policemen and two soldiers when they struck a border crossing.
Turkey on Sunday carried out air strikes against the bases of outlawed Kurdish militants across northern Syria and Iraq, which it said were being used to launch “terrorist” attacks on Turkish soil.
The overnight raids in northern and northeastern Syria killed at least 31 people, said the British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They were mainly against positions held by Syrian Kurdish forces.
The offensive, codenamed Operation Claw-Sword, comes a week after a blast in central Istanbul killed six people and wounded 81, an attack Turkey has blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK has waged a bloody insurgency there for decades and is designated a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies. But it has denied involvement in the Istanbul explosion.
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