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5 children injured as 3 rockets hit Kilis

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Three rockets have hit Kilis, a Turkish town near the Syrian border, wounding five children, as the Turkish Armed Forces continue a cross-border operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-linked Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

One of the five children sustained serious injuries when a rocket hit a house in the Kazım Karabekir neighborhood of Kilis, the state-run Anadolu new agency reported.

Turkish forces responded to the attack with howitzer fire into Syrian territory.

More than 20 killed in Turkey during ISIL rocket attacks in 2016.

“Operations will continue until the ISIL, PKK/YPG threat ends,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday in a message delivered for Aug. 30, Victory Day.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş also announced on Monday that all relevant parties including Damascus were informed before an operation called Euphrates Shield was launched by Turkey into Syria last week.

“We did not enter the war [in Syria] with the Jarabulus operation. We are not seeking to become a permanent force in Syria,” he said.

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