104 IS militants killed in air and land strikes in Syria, claims Turkey
Published 28/05/2016 | 13:11
US-led coalition air strikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed 104 militants, Turkey's state-run news agency has said.
The Anadolu Agency said on Saturday that the strikes happened late on Friday, hours after rockets fired from Syria hit a southern Turkish town and injured five people.
It said the air strikes and artillery fire also destroyed seven buildings used as IS headquarters. The claim could not be independently verified, and Turkey has not explained how it can count casualties in Syria.
Cross-border fire from Syria has claimed 21 lives and wounded dozens of others in the border town of Kilis this year.
Authorities blame the attacks on IS which has a presence in northern Syria. Turkey typically responds by shelling IS positions.
Meanwhile, Islamic State group militants were reported to have entered a Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north and clashed with rebels on the edges of the town.
Syrian opposition groups and IS said the extremists advanced to the outskirts of Marea on Saturday.
The advance - the biggest by IS in Aleppo province in two years - is part of an IS offensive targeting rebel strongholds near the Turkish border which began on Thursday night.
On Friday, militants of the group seized six villages in advances which forced the evacuation of a hospital and trapped around 160,000 civilians amid heavy fighting.
The advances brought the militants to within two miles (3km) of the rebel-held town of Azaz and cut off supplies to Marea further south.