Monday 5 December 2016

Soldier killed in rocket attack becomes Turkey's first death in Syria operation

Published 27/08/2016 | 20:39

A Turkish army tank and an armoured vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey (IHA via AP)
A Turkish army tank and an armoured vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey (IHA via AP)
Turkey sent tanks across the Syrian border this week to help Syrian rebels retake a key Islamic State-held town (AP)
Turkish army tanks are stationed near the border with Syria (AP)

One Turkish soldier has been killed and three wounded in Syria, Turkey's official news agency said.

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The Anadolu Agency said two Turkish tanks in the Syrian town of Jarablus came under rocket attack on Saturday from Kurdish militants.

The Turkish military began its so-called Euphrates Shield operation in Syria with Free Syrian Army units and coalition planes on Wednesday to push Islmic State militants out of Jarablus and to limit the advance of Kurdish forces to the west of the Euphrates River.

The soldier's death is the first reported fatality on the Turkish side.

Earlier today, at least 15 civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack on a wake being held for children who died in earlier air strikes in the rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo.

Hospital officials said suspected government helicopters dropped bombs in the Bab al-Nairab area, and it is feared the death toll will increase.

Mohammed Khandakani, a hospital volunteer, said one of those injured told him a barrel bomb was dropped as people paid their respects to 11 children killed on Thursday in an air strike in the same area.

Minutes later, another barrel bomb was dropped, injuring an ambulance driver and hampering rescue efforts.

The Syrian government and its Russian ally are the only ones operating helicopters over Aleppo.

The government denies it uses barrel bombs.

Press Association

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