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Deadly rocket fire from Syria in Turkish border town

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By Euronews
Deadly rocket fire from Syria in Turkish border town

<p>One person was killed and 26 others injured on Sunday in the Turkish border town of Kilis after rockets were fired from a region of Syria controlled by so-called Islamic State. </p> <p>Houses and a mosque were hit in two separate rocket attacks during the day.</p> <p>Turkish soldiers near the border returned fire into Syria, security sources said.</p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">16 wounded as two rocket projectiles fired from Syria land in Turkey’s Kilis <a href="https://t.co/Q88WsTzKR5">https://t.co/Q88WsTzKR5</a> <a href="https://t.co/P3l7BLSIx0">pic.twitter.com/P3l7BLSIx0</a></p>— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) <a href="https://twitter.com/HDNER/status/724202512169881603">24 avril 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <br /> <p>Kilis, just across the border from Syria, is housing an estimated 110,000 Syrian refugees. Some of Sunday’s casualties were Syrians.</p> <p>Yet such bloodshed is nothing new. Rocket fire has become a near daily hazard, killing 16 people in the border province since January <a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/one-killed-10-wounded-after-second-explosion-caused-by-rockets-in-turkeys-kilis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98279&NewsCatID=341">according to Turkish media</a>.</p> <p>A Kilis shopkeeper, who has experienced it first hand, talked to Euronews. </p> <p>“I was sitting in front of my store,” he said. </p> <p>“Suddenly there was smoke and a missile hit the building and exploded.” </p> <p>Fear has gripped the population. </p> <p>Another man told Euronews: “We jump every time a door slams in the house. We are all nervous in Kilis. We don’t feel our lives are safe.”</p> <p>After the latest bloodshed, some called for local officials to resign and slammed the government which has promised to protect the area from repeated attacks by <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p> <p>“I cannot sleep, my son wakes up with nightmares, he cannot sleep. We aren’t safe here. We are afraid to stay in our houses,” Ayse, a 46-year-old woman, told Reuters.</p> <p>Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has pledged that all necessary measures would be taken to prevent more rocket fire into Kilis. </p> <p>On Saturday he visited the nearby city of Gaziantep, about 55 km away, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk.</p> <p>Merkel had been expected to visit Kilis last weekend but the location and timing of the visit were changed.</p>