: ISIL hits Turkish city ahead of Merkel's visit

13:07 Apr. 23, 2016

ISIL hits Turkish city ahead of Merkel's visit

Syrian refugees in Turkey (AP photo)

Country's south has become target for terrorist attacks

Four "Katyusha" rockets hit the Turkish southern city of Kilis near the Syrian border on April 22. The attack killed 2 people and left 4 wounded. According to the local authorities, the projectiles were fired from a Syrian area controlled by the so-called Islamic State. 

The attack took place one day before the planned visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She was expected to attend a refugee camp in Gaziantep, a town located near Kilis.

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The Turkish city has recently come under repeated fire from the ISIL-controlled areas. It has served as a harbour for the Syrian migrants. Around 130 thousands of asylum seekers have taken refuge there.

Kilis was targeted by the terrorists several times during the last few weeks. 2 people were killed and 6 were wounded in another rocket landing on April 12. On April 18 five projectiles fired by the ISIL killed 5 Syrian refugees, including four children.

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