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Iran Press TV

Projectiles from Syria hit Turkey, Ankara fires back

Iran Press TV

Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:28AM

Projectiles have reportedly been fired from inside Syrian territory onto Turkey, prompting Turkish troops to respond in kind.

The Tuesday incidents saw two mortar shells being fired from Syria toward the Turkish border town of Karkamis and then three rocket shells striking Kilis, another border town lying 80 kilometers (50 miles) away.

The Turkish military retaliated both attacks with counterattacks on Kurdish positions and alleged targets belonging to the Daesh terror group inside Syria.

It is not yet clear whether the exchanges of fire led to any casualties.

Daesh, widely reported to be enjoying safe passage into and outside Syria through Turkish soil besides receiving other types of support, has been staging several deadly attacks across the Turkish territory over the past months.

The country has also been coming under attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, whose positions it has been heavily pounding inside Iraq. Turkish authorities have also been leading a deadly crackdown in the country's southeast to quell Kurdish militants there.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, reported that the first Turkish counterattack on Tuesday was aimed at the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara associates with the PKK.

The Kurdish fighters are moving from the town of Manbij – which they recently freed from Daesh – toward Jarablus, another town held by the terror group.

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