Shells fired from ISIS-controlled areas hit Turkey
Date: 2016-04-28 16:10
A senior Turkish official says mortar shells fired from an ISIS-controlled region in Syria have hit a Turkish border area, damaging a howitzer cannon belonging to the Turkish army but causing no casualties, AP reported.
Gov. Ali Yerlikaya told Anadolu Agency that five shells were fired from Syria’s Jarablus area on Thursday. He says they struck near the Turkish town of Karkamis. One of them hit the howitzer while others landed on empty fields.
Yerlikaya says the Turkish military responded by firing at ISIS positions across the border, in line with the military’s rules of engagement.
Turkey’s military has also responded to cross-border rocket projectiles fired from Syria that have claimed 18 lives in the border town of Kilis so far this year. Kilis is some 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Karkamis.
In addition, the Turkish military has launched a military operation with the support of international coalition forces to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border, Middle East Monitor reported.
The Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper said the operation aims to cleanse an area that is 18 kilometers long and eight kilometers deep from ISIS militants who launch shells at the Turkish city of Kilis.
The newspaper said the operation will be supported by the international coalition, particularly the US and Germany, who will provide air cover for the moderate Syrian opposition forces’ progress.
According to the plan, the Turkish army will strike the militant group with artillery shells, guided missiles and mortars.
Turkey has stepped up its operations against ISIS over the past few days.
On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara will deploy US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) near the border with Syria.