Late on March 18, two rockets launched from northern Syria struck the outskirts of the southern Turkish city of Kilis.
According to Syrian sources, the two rockets were launched from the vicinity of the town of Tell Rifaat in the northern Aleppo countryside. The area is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Turkish media said that one of the rockets fell in an empty land. The other, however, hit a residential building.
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In a statement, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense said that the rocket attack didn’t result in any casualties or material losses.
“A notification was made to the Russian Federation to stop the fire; the determined targets were immediately put under fire. Our troops in the region have been alerted,” the statement reads.
Following the attack, the Turkish artillery shelled the towns of Maranaz, Shawarighat al-Arz, Qalaat Shawarigha, al-Alaqsa, Tell Rifaat, Ayn Daqna, Baylouniyah, Binê, Soghanaka and Deir Jamal, Sheikh Issa, Menagh and Harbul. All of these towns are held by the YPG.
Video: sounds of explosions as the Turkish army targets Menagh and Harbul near Tel Rifaat with artillery. pic.twitter.com/xOvhoLFmRq
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Heavy clashes were also reported between Kurdish fighters and militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army west of the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. However, Turkish and Syrian sources held the YPG responsible. In the last few years, the group launched similar rocket attacks on southern Turkey. Yet, these attacks were carried out in only response to large-scale Turkish operations.
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