Boy (9) among six injured as rocket hits Turkish town near Syrian border

At least six people were wounded after a house in Ceylanpinar district of Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish-majority province of Sanliurfa was hit by a rocket late on Monday, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

The injured civilians, including a nine-year-old boy, were transferred to the nearby Ceylanpinar State Hospital for treatment. The boy is reportedly in a critical condition.

According to a written statement released by the Sanliurfa Governor’s Office, one of the two rockets that were fired from Syria around 9 pm on Monday landed on the roof of a house in Ceylanpinar’s Turgut Ozal neighborhood.

Government sources claim that the rockets came from the territory east of the Euphrates River in Syria that is held by the People’s Defense Units (YPG), which is known for fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) alongside the international coalition.

YPG is seen by the Turkish government as the Syrian proxy of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for Kurdish self-rule in predominantly Kurdish areas of south-eastern Turkey since 1984.

An investigation was launched into the incident and one suspect was detained, according to a report by the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

The explosion came at a time when military activity was high in the region with Turkey stockpiling military equipment and troops along the Syrian border.

The incident took place on the anniversary of the murder of two policemen in Ceylanpinar four years ago, which was used by the Turkish government as a reason to end the peace talks with Kurdish actors in the country.

Although an investigation and a lawsuit were launched into the incident back in 2015, all nine suspects were acquitted in 2018 with the case remaining unsolved.

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