ISIL rocket attacks on Turkey (2016)
|Rocket attacks on Kilis|
|Part of the Turkey-ISIL conflict|
|Commanders and leaders|
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan |
|Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi|
|Casualties and losses|
|22 civilians (12 Syrian) killed and 80 wounded|
Since early 2016, the Turkish city of Kilis and surrounding areas came under continuous rocket bombardments by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, resulting in retaliatory strikes by the Turkish military on ISIL militants located at the ISIL-occupied areas in North Syria. Since January 2016 and until early May, more than seventy rockets fired from across the border by ISIL had hit this town, killing at least 21 people.
Being a border town, Kilis has long had a reputation for smuggling and drug trafficking. Kilis is located 5km (3 miles) from the Syrian border, where Syrian al-Bab district is located, under control of ISIL jihadists since 2014. Almost 100,000 Turkish citizens live in Kilis, but the population has been more than doubled by the arrival of Syrian refugees.
On 8 March, two people have been killed, including a toddler, while two others have been wounded as eight rocket projectiles hit Kilis. Two of projectiles hit a local administration office in the Ekrem Çetin neighborhood and three others hit the Kazım Karabekir neighborhood. The three others hit the Turgut Özal and the Tibilevler neighborhoods of the southeastern city. Three people, including two children, were wounded after a piece of shrapnel hit an automobile on the Kilis highway. In response, Turkish military retaliated against ISIL with artillery fire
On 19 April 2016, the town was struck by rockets fired by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from ISIL-occupied Syrian territories killing 21 people and injuring others.
On April 25, the Turkish General Staff has announced that eight militants of the ISIL were killed the same day when Turkish artillery units shelled a missile launcher. Also, the same day the U.S.-led coalition hit ISIL targets in northern Syria, located directly across from the southeastern province of Kilis.
On April 26, according to the Turkish army, two missile launchers belonging to the ISIL were destroyed in an artillery strike which also killed 11 ISIL militants. This was the second such initiative by the Turkish Army in the past two days.
On April 27, according to Turkish sources, 13 ISIL militants were killed when Turkish artillery units shelled a building in the Duwaibik region to the north of Aleppo. The building used by ISIL militants collapsed, killing 13 militants inside and injuring another seven. Around 150 Katyusha rocket projectiles stored on the ground floor of the building were also destroyed. The same day Turkish artillery units also shelled two missile launchers and killed 11 ISIL militants.
On April 28, five mortar shells targeting a border military post in the Karkamış district of the southeastern province of Gaziantep were fired by the ISIL. 11 ISIL militants were killed in Turkish artillery shellings following the attack according to Turkish sources.
On 12 May, it was reported that Turkish artillery pounded Islamic State targets in northern Syria and the U.S.-led coalition carried out air strikes, killing 28 militants near a Turkish border town of Kilis, repeatedly hit by rocket fire.
On 1 October, two of the three rockets hit a hilly area close to the border while the third one fell into an empty field in the neighborhood of Ekrem Cetin a police officer was killed and two soldiers were slightly injured during the destruction of an unexploded rocket.
- NATO: On 19 May 2016, at the foreign ministers meeting to be held in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the situation in Iraq and Syria as well as Kilis, battered since January by rockets fired by Daesh in Syria, along with measures to counter Russia in Eastern Europe will top the agenda.
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- RT (rocket attack video from 24 April 2016)
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