YPG rockets injure six in Turkey's Sanliurfa
Date: 2019-07-23 11:17
Rockets fired late Monday (July 22) from People's Protection Units (YPG)-held territory in Syria landed in the Ceylanpınar district center in Turkey's southeastern Şanlıurfa province, injuring six people, including a child.
The Defense Ministry later said on Twitter that Turkish forces had responded to the rocket fire and had hit seven targets on the Syrian side of the border in self-defense.
The two rockets targeted Ceylanpınar district bordering Syria, according to a statement from the Şanlıurfa governorate.
The wounded civilians were transferred to the nearby Ceylanpınar State Hospital.
The Şanlıurfa governor's office said in a statement that the wounded were in stable condition.
Extensive security measures have been taken in the Ceylanpınar where the rocket landed and an investigation has begun, it added.
Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Twitter that seven targets were destroyed on the Syrian side in response to the attack.
Separately, three explosions hit areas controlled by Turkish forces and opposition forces within Syria throughout the day on Monday and two others hit after the rocket, according to a Reuters witness. One Syrian citizen who worked for the Turkish aid organization IHH was killed, civil defense in the area said.
Turkey has long signaled a possible offensive in areas held by the YPG east of the Euphrates. However, last December the government decided to postpone the operation for a while after US President Donald Trump decided that Washington, the main backer of the group, would withdraw its troops from Syria.
Based on Daily Sabah