Rocket fire from Syria wounds two in Turkey

Rocket fire from Syria wounds two in Turkey
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23 January, 2016
Rocket fire from Syria has wounded two people in Turkey, including a 14-year old girl, according to local reports.
Rocket fire from Syria reached the border town of Kilis [Anadolu]
A rocket fired from Syria on Saturday slammed into the town of Kilis on the Turkish side of the border, wounding two people, reports said, quoting the local governorate.

The rocket hit a street causing an explosion that damaged nearby buildings and wounded an 18-year-old youth and a 14-year-old Syrian refugee girl, said Turkey's Anatolia news agency.

Local governor Suleyman Tapsiz said the rocket had been "fired from Syria" but did not specify who by. Turkey's Dogan news agency described the rocket as Katyusha-type.

The incident comes after one person was killed and another seriously wounded Monday when a rocket fired from a jihadist-controlled area in Syria slammed into a schoolyard in Kilis.

According to Turkish media reports, the army had ascertained that the 18 January attack was carried out by Islamic State group jihadists and responded by destroying their positions.

Kilis, a town of just under 100,000, lies just north of the Syrian border, around 10 kilometres from the Syrian town of Azaz.

Turkish officials have said it is the only town in the country with a majority of Syrians, some of the estimated 2.2 million living in Turkey who have fled the civil war at home.

The area of northern Syria south of Kilis has in the last months been the scene of fierce clashes involving IS militants who have seized swathes of northern Syria.