Turkey strikes Islamic State in Syria after attacks on border town


The Turkish army hit Islamic State targets in northern Syria, in response to cross-border rocket fire that struck a border town in southeastern Turkey for the second day in a row, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

The military was responding to attacks on Kilis, near the Syrian border, Davutoglu said.

The town is home to an estimated 110,000 Syrian refugees and is frequently targeted by artillery from across the border, a region controlled by Islamic State militants.

“Yesterday and today, rockets belonging to Daesh terrorist organization landed inside Kilis, wounding 21 citizens,” Davutoglu said in the speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament.

“Our armed forces, within rules of engagement, responded immediately and hit Daesh targets,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

One person died of wounds following the attacks on Kilis, hospital sources told Reuters later on Tuesday.