Thousands gather at the funeral of 17-year-old rocket attack victim
Thousands of people gathered for the funeral of 17-year-old victim of a rocket attack in the southeastern province of Hatay, on the Turkey-Syria border.
Fatma Avlar, a high-school student, was killed in the early hours of Jan. 31 when a rocket hit her family home in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district.
Avlar’s brother, Bilgey Avlar, who was injured during the attack, joined the funeral on a wheelchair, Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.
Turkish towns bordering northwest Syria have been targeted by rocket strikes since the beginning of Turkey’s military incursion into Syria’s Afrin region.
Turkish authorities say the attacks are coming from Syrian regions and hold the Kurdish militia responsible.
The Mayor of Reyhanlı, Hüseyin Şanverdi, told the local press that the town had been hit by 30 rockets so far, while the neighbouring Kilis province has been hit by 22.
Five people, including two Syrian refugees, have been killed by the attacks, and 73 injured Turkish authorities said.