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    Turkey Conducted Nearly 4,000 Artillery Strikes on Syria - Defense Minister

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    The Turkish Armed Forces have conducted nearly 4,000 strikes since January on Syrian territory, controlled by Daesh, Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Friday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Yilmaz arrived in the Turkish southeastern town of Kilis, which has repeatedly been shelled from the Syrian territory. On Tuesday, local media reported that several rocket-propelled projectiles fired from Syria and targeting Kilis, had landed on the Turkish territory, injuring up to 20 people, according to various estimates.

    "Following the rocket shelling of Kilis, the Turkish Armed Forces immediately opened fire in response… 48 artillery pieces, 115 tanks and 187 armored carriers are involved in the shelling [from the Turkish side]. Since January, our troops have conducted 1,117 firings with 3,998 strikes from Firtina howitzers against 146 targets [in Syria]," Yilmaz told journalists, adding that the Turkish military use unmanned aerial vehicles and radars in order to find out the location of Daesh positions.

    According to the defense minister, 362 Daesh militants, 36 rocket launchers, 40 shelters and 6 warehouses with weapons have been destroyed since January.

    The city of Kilis, which hosts a large number of refugees, has previously been shelled from the part of Syrian territory, seized by the Daesh. The notorious jihadist group is in control of vast territories in Syria and the neighboring Iraq. It is outlawed in Russia, the United States and numerous other countries.


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