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Rocket attack from Syria hurts 6, including 5 children, in Turkish town – officials


Six people, including five children, were wounded when a rocket from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis on Thursday, officials said, the first such attack since Ankara-backed rebels cleared Islamic State from Turkey’s southern border this month.

Windows were shattered and dust rose from smashed concrete on a busy shopping street, footage following the attack aired by on CNN Turk showed.

The local governor, Ismail Catakli, said in a statement that six people, five of them children, were wounded in the attack.

All six of the wounded are Syrian nationals, Mayor Hasan Kara told CNN Turk, adding that none of their injuries were life threatening. Kilis is home to a sizeable population of Syrian refugees who fled the civil war into neighbouring Turkey.

Police sources said the rocket came from Islamic State-controlled territory inside Syria. Since January of this year such cross-border rocket attacks have killed 21 people and wounded 80 in Kilis, security sources said.

This month Turkish tanks rolled into Syria from Kilis province, as part of Ankara’s operation, dubbed “Euphrates Shield” that has helped Turkey-back rebel sweep Islamic State from a 90-km (55 miles) stretch of Turkey’s border.

However, the land under control of the rebels is a narrow wedge and Islamic State has a presence further south.

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