Residents inspect the damage after rockets fired from Syria landed in the Turkish town of Kilis. Stringer/ AFP
Rocket fire from Syria injured five people in a Turkish border town, the Turkish defence ministry said on Tuesday.
One of two rockets fired hit a house and “lightly wounded” five in the town of Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province on Monday night, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.
They were taken to hospital for treatment, it added.
Turkish media, including CNN Turk, reported six injured including a child, adding that the owner of the house was “in a serious condition.”
Turkish armed forces responded, “destroying seven targets” inside Syria, the defence ministry said in a statement.
It was not clear who was responsible for the missiles from Syria or their origin.
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia controls parts of northeastern and northern Syria. Ankara considers it a “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey.
The YPG worked closely with the United States in the fight against Daesh, much to Turkey’s chagrin.
Turkey has carried out two military operations against Daesh and the YPG in northern Syria, in 2016 and 2018 respectively, and recently upped the ante with threats to launch another cross-border offensive against the YPG.
Turkey is home to around 3.5 million Syrian refugees, and most of those benefitting from the programme are Syrian.
Turkish and Russian officials are reviewing deployment of their forces in the Syrian border region of Tel Rifaat, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday, a day after cross-border fire from the area killed one Turkish soldier.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart discussed by phone developments in Syria’s Idlib province and measures to reduce tension in the area, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
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