Ankara blamed the PKK, a Kurdish organization in Syria and Iraq, for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the attack, Turkey launched airstrikes targeting the group’s facilities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday. In response on Monday, a counter-rocket attack was carried out in the Turkish district of Karkamis, bordering Syria. The country’s interior minister said that three people were killed in the incident.
Al-Jazeera reported that five rockets were reportedly fired on Monday, including one that hit a school. Six people were injured, two of them seriously.
Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said the rocket hit two houses as well as a truck near the border crossing that connects Karkamis with the Syrian city of Jarablus.
Images from Anadolu showed a school window smashed and a truck engulfed in flames.
On Sunday, rockets fired from Syria hit a border crossing, injuring six policemen and two soldiers. Kurdish fighters are suspected of firing the rockets from northern Syria after the Turkish Air Force launched airstrikes on Syrian positions manned by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkish airstrikes also hit Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq. At least 31 people have been killed in the operation in Syria.
Turkey blamed the PKK for the November 13 attack in Istanbul. However, the PKK has denied involvement in the Istanbul attack.