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PYD/PKK rockets land in civilian areas in south Turkey

PYD/PKK rockets land in civilian areas in south Turkey
No casualties have taken place in attack on office building in Hatay and separate hit on olive garden in Kilis

By Cem Genco and Ridvan Korkulutas

HATAY/KILIS, Turkey (AA) - A rocket fired by PYD/PKK terrorists from Syria’s Afrin struck an office building in a civilian area in Turkey’s southern border province of Hatay on Monday.

The rocket hit a wall of the building in Reyhanli district, according to Anadolu Agency reporter in the region. A car was also damaged in the attack.

No casualties were reported.

Separately, another PYD/PKK rocket hit an olive garden in Oncupinar district of southern border province of Kilis at 2.30 p.m. local time (1130 GMT).

No casualties were reported in this attack as well.

Turkish Armed Forces responded to both attacks with air and land fire.

On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the military, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish 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, it said.

The military has also said it is putting "utmost importance" on not harming any civilian.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.

source: News Feed
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