Turkey vows revenge for killing two people in missile strikes from northern Syria
Turkey said Kurdish militia killed two people in rocket attacks from northern Syria on Monday and vowed revenge for the weekend’s Turkish airstrikes and a bombing in Istanbul a week ago.
Turkish forces said they were responding to the attack, and a senior security official told Reuters that Turkish warplanes had resumed bombing targets in northern Syria.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in the latest in a rapid series of revenge attacks, multiple rockets hit a border neighborhood in Gaziantep province, killing a child and a teacher and wounding six.
Soylu later confirmed that a pregnant woman originally reported to have been killed was seriously injured and was being treated at hospital.
District governor Daoud Gul said five rockets hit a school, two houses and a truck in the Qarqamish border area.
CNN Turk said the rockets were fired from Syria’s Kobani region, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Defense Units.
Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes on Kurdish militia bases in Syria and Iraq earlier on Sunday, destroying 89 targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara says are a wing of the PKK.
Turkey said the military operations, which took place over the weekend, were in response to a bomb attack in Istanbul a week ago that killed six people. Turkey blames the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the attack.
The PKK and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which includes the Kurdish People’s Defense Units, have denied their involvement in the November 13 bombing in a densely populated neighborhood.
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