Syrian rocket hits Turkish mosque, Turkey fires back

The damaged mosque in Turkey

A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey’s border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Doğan News Agency has reported.

The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladağı district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.

According to the Hatay Governorate, three artillery shells fell in the countryside near the Güzelyurt village, while a rocket hit the Hacı Bilal mosque in central Yayladağı, which lies across from a Syrian refugee camp.

A wall of the mosque partly collapsed, injuring Muna Hacısüleyman, a Syrian woman who is believed to be around 60 years old. Hacısüleyman was transferred to Antakya State Hospital in an ambulance.

“In accordance with our new military engagement rules, our artillery units on the border fired into Syria in response,” the Hatay Governorate said in its statement.

Islamist insurgents launched an offensive about ten days ago into Syria’s Latakia region on the Mediterranean coast, taking both the border crossing and Kasab on the Syrian side.

Since then, Assad has sent army and militia reinforcements, backed by air power, to repulse the rebels, leading to heavy fighting across the strip of territory along the Turkish border.