Five wounded as Syria rocket hits Turkey border town

The incident happened in the border town of Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province. (File/AFP)
Updated 23 July 2019

Five wounded as Syria rocket hits Turkey border town

  • One of two rockets fired hit a house and “lightly wounded” five
  • Turkish armed forces responded, “destroying seven targets” inside Syria

ANKARA: Rocket fire from Syria injured five people in a Turkish border town, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday.
One of two rockets fired hit a house and “lightly wounded” five in the town of Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province on Monday night, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.
They were taken to hospital for treatment, it added.
Turkish media, including CNN Turk, reported six injured including a child, adding that the owner of the house was “in a serious condition.”
Turkish armed forces responded, “destroying seven targets” inside Syria, the defense ministry said in a statement.
It was not clear who was responsible for the missiles from Syria or their origin.
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia controls parts of northeastern and northern Syria. Ankara considers it a “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey.
The YPG worked closely with the United States in the fight against the Daesh group, much to Turkey’s chagrin.
Turkey has carried out two military operations against IS and the YPG in northern Syria, in 2016 and 2018 respectively, and recently upped the ante with threats to launch another cross-border offensive against the YPG.


Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

Updated 10 min 58 sec ago

Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

  • Sultan Qaboos has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970
  • The sultan has no known successor for his throne in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. A similar royal statement announced his return, without elaborating.

Bin Said has taken medical trips abroad in the past. The sultan has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970. He has no known successor for his throne in Oman, a country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula that’s home to some 4.6 million people.