Rocket shelling from Syria kills one in Turkey’s Kilis

One dead, one wounded after rocket shelling from Syria strikes area of schools in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis

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Rocket shelling from Syria strikes school in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis, near the border with Syria

One died and one wounded after a rocket shelling hit an area of schools in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis, near the border with Syria at 09:30 local time on Monday.

Kilis governorate announced that the school premises were hit by a “rocket projectile” thought to have been fired from Syria. Two other projectiles also landed on nearby waste land, according to the governorate's statement.

A female janitor, who was among several wounded, died while seeking treatment at the Kilis state hospital. 

“A female janitor working at Nazli Omer Cetin Primary School died in the blast, while a female seventh grade student in another school was taken to the Kilis State Hospital and is undergoing surgery,” the governorate said.

Damages seen as local police investigate the blast [AA]

Authorities are also investigating ammunition found after the explosion which occurred in the yard of Eyup Gokceimam school, located 10 kilometres away from the border.  

According to reports, two mortar shells also fell on empty land during the same time the blast occurred in the school yard.

The remains of the rockets have been taken for examination by the Kilis police department.

Kilis lies just across the border from DAESH-controlled Syrian territory.

A Turkish local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the launching site of the rockets had been located by military radar.

The army announced it carried out massive attacks against the determined site and accordingly neutralised the respective targets in response to recent rocket shells.

Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz said, "It is not terror incident as no person or institution was [particularly] targeted, it was only a stray missile," speaking in a press conference at his governmental office following the explosions. 

Turkish territory has often been hit by artillery fires as the Syrian civil war rages just a few kilometres away from Turkey's southern border. Such incidents have mostly been retaliated by the Turkish army forcefully.  

A recent suicide attack reportedly carried out by a DAESH terrorist took place in Istanbul's Fatih district, killing 10 German tourists and wounding 15 mostly foreign tourists last Tuesday.

Following the attack, Turkish tanks and artillery heavily bombarded DAESH positions in Syria and Iraq leading to the deaths of at least 200 terrorists according to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. 

DAESH terror attacks have reportedly killed more than 100 civilians in Turkey in 2015.

In October 2015, 103 people were killed in a twin DAESH suicide bomb attack in Turkey's capital Ankara while in another DAESH suicide bombing 34 people were killed in the Suruc district of Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa Province, which borders Syria, on July 20, 2015.

TRTWorld, AA