UPDATES WITH TWO MORE ROCKET ATTACKS
By Mehmet Kemal Firik and Erdal Turkoglu
HATAY, Turkey (AA) - A teenage girl was killed and another civilian injured near Turkey’s border on Wednesday in rocket attacks perpetrated by Syrian-based PYD/PKK terrorists.
Fatma Avlar, 17, died at the hospital from wounds sustained in a cross-border rocket attack in Gultepe, Reyhanli in the border province of Hatay.
Earlier, a rocket attack struck the wall of a house in the same neighborhood, injuring another civilian who is till receiving treatment.
Police, firefighters, and paramedics rushed to the scene of the attacks.
Two houses and several cars in the neighborhood were also damaged.
Additionally two other rocket attacks hit the neighborhood later on Wednesday.
The rockets hit an empty house and the street.
No casualties were reported so far.
The attacks come amid a Turkish-led operation across the border in Syria to snuff out the terrorist threat there.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 along with Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
Since the start of the operation, the PYD/PKK has carried out cross-border attacks on Turkey by firing rockets on civilian neighborhoods.
According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN Charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.