ADDS DEATH OF CIVILIAN, UPDATES HEADLINE, SPOT, CHANGES THROUGHOUT
By Rauf Maltas
KILIS/HATAY, Turkey (AA) – One civilian died and at least 12 others injured by rocket attacks launched by PYD/PKK terrorists from Syria across the Turkish border on Friday.
Seven people were injured when three rockets landed in the Hatay province’s Reyhanli district, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter onsite.
The rockets landed in various areas, notably on a house and near a public market.
A 68-year-old civilian, who was taken to the hospital after the attacks, succumbed to his wounds, said hospital sources.
Later on Friday, PYD/PKK terrorists fired another rocket in Reyhanli, injuring two more people.
Kilis Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan said three rockets had landed in the border province of Kilis Friday, injuring three civilians, one of them seriously.
The PYD/PKK terrorist attacks on civilian areas come amid the Turkish-led counter-terrorist operation in Afrin, northwestern Syria, near the border.
Turkish forces immediately responded to Friday's attacks with Firtina howitzers.
Since the start of the operation, PYD/PKK cross-border attacks on civilians have killed five people and injured at least 88, including Friday's attack.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.
According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as 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.