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Rockets Fired From Syria Hit Turkish Border Town, Kill at Least One and Injure Dozens

Turkish border town of Reyhanli was hit Sunday, killing a Syrian national and wounding 32 people, broadcaster NTV reported the town's mayor as saying

This handout picture taken and released by Dogan News Agency on January 21, 2018 shows damaged cars after rockets hit at Reyhanli, a small town in Hatay province
AFP PHOTO / Dogan News Agency

A rocket fired across the border from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on Sunday, killing a Syrian national and wounding 32 people, broadcaster NTV reported the town's mayor as saying. CNN Turk said three rockets in total had been fired across the border towards Reyhanli.

Police fired shots in the air to disperse the crowd rushing to the scene of the attack where buildings and cars were severely damaged.

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, it aims to sweep from its border.

Reuters

Turkey opened a new front in the nearly seven-year-old Syrian war on Saturday when, under what Ankara has called "Operation Olive Branch", Turkish artillery and air strikes pounded YPG positions in Afrin.

Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has carried out a deadly, three-decade insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. The United States is backing the YPG in Syria, seeing it as an effective partner in the fight against Islamic State.