Student injured in rocket attack in Turkey’s Kilis dies

Teenaged girl dies after last week’s rocket attack at school in Turkey’s southern province bordering Syria

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Police investigate the blast following the rocket attack hitting a school in Kilis province of Turkey on Jan. 18.

A 13-year-old school girl, who was critically injured when a rocket from Syria struck a school in Turkey’s southern Kilis Province on Jan.18, has died at the hospital, according to medical sources.

Gulten Canpolat had been in the intensive care unit of Gaziantep University Sahinbey Hospital in nearby Gaziantep Province for the past 11 days, an official said on Friday.

The Jan.18 blast in Eyup Gokce Imam Middle School had also killed a janitor and injured a teacher.

Kilis lies around five kilometres across the border from DAESH-controlled Syrian territory.

Kilis Governor, Suleyman Tapsiz, said that at the time the incident could not be deemed as a terrorist attack, citing the escalating clashes between different groups on the other side of the Syrian border as the reason for the incident.

Following the attack, the launch site of the Katyusha rockets - two of which landed on nearby wasteland - were located by military radar and the army responded and neutralised the target.

Katyusha is a name applied to a range of rockets fired from multiple, vehicle-mounted tubes. The weapon has little guidance, but can hit targets up to 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.

Turkish territory has often been hit by artillery fire as the Syrian civil war rages just a few kilometres to the south. Such incidents are usually answered with retaliatory fire from the Turkish Army.