Sixteen wounded as rockets hit Turkish town near Syrian border

By REUTERS
April 24, 2016 16:09

 
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Two rockets hit the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border on Sunday, a Reuters witness reported, wounding 16 people a day after the government promised to protect the area from repeated attacks by Islamic State militants.

The rockets struck two houses in a poor neighborhood near the town center. Sixteen people were injured and Turkish soldiers near the border returned fire into Syria, security sources said.

Residents gathered near the site where the rockets crashed, some of them calling for the local governor to resign and others shouting slogans against the government. Riot police were present, but there were no clashes.

"I cannot sleep, my son wakes up with nightmares, he cannot sleep. We aren't safe here. We are afraid to stay in our houses," Ayse, a 46-year-old woman, told Reuters.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had promised on Saturday that all necessary measures would be taken to prevent more rocket fire into Kilis. The town has been peppered by rockets in recent weeks. On Friday two people were killed in a similar attack.

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