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Two civilians killed in cross-border rocket attacks in Turkey's south

04 February 2018, 01:01 | Rufus Hill

Two civilians killed in cross-border rocket attacks in Turkey's south

Two civilians killed in cross-border rocket attacks in Turkey's south

Turkey has now lost 14 soldiers in fierce clashes during the offensive.

The Free Syrian Army has been fighting alongside Turkish troops in an operation against the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG in the Syrian enclave of Afrin.

The Turkish army has used all its military capabilities and weapons, including the prohibited ones, but failed to advance into Afrin, the SDF said in a statement.

Authorities initially said they believed the blast was a gas explosion but did not rule out the possibility of "sabotage".

In retaliation, Turkish war planes carried out air strikes on the area from where the attack was carried out, destroying shelters and munitions dumps, it added.

On Thursday, one Turkish soldier was martyred and five others injured in a missile attack by PYD/PKK terrorists which was launched from northern Iraq toward a military base in Hakkari's border district of Cukurca.

Turkish forces have been carrying out a clearance operation against the insurgents to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders.

Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan says three more rockets hit the town of Kilis, northeast of Reyhanli, where at least three people were wounded. But the group said, "Turkey's generous hosting of large numbers of Syrians does not absolve it of its responsibility to help those seeking protection at its borders".

About the rocket attacks carried out by the YPG/PKK militants based in Syria on Turkey, he blamed the USA and European countries for providing weapons to the terror group.

The offensive by Washington's fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Ankara on a US-allied force has even raised fears of a military confrontation between two alliance powers.



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