At least two civilians were killed and six others were injured when a rocket fired from the Syrian region of Afrin hit a mosque in the Turkish border province of Kilis on Jan. 24.
The rockets hit two locations in the city center, including the Çalık Mosque during prayer times, Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan said.
The attack came as Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” targeting Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in the Afrin region continued.
Kilis Governor Mehmet Tekinaslan confirmed the first death, saying one civilian, who was critically injured, had died in hospital. A press statement issued from the governor’s office later on Jan. 24 said a second civilian had also succumbed to wounds.
One of the victims was a Syrian citizen, according to initial reports.
Meanwhile, another rocket hit a house, where five people, including four children, were affected by the smoke and rushed to the hospital, he added.
The Turkish Armed Forces troops, stationed at the border, retaliated the attack, according to a military source.
The source said that the terrorist targets were detected by radar.