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46 injured after Turkish border towns shelled by Kurdish militias from Syria

At least 46 people were injured and three killed, including an nine-month-old baby, in a series of attacks on Turkish border towns carried out by YPG militias based in Syria, media reports say.

Hospital and security sources said the deaths occurred in the Turkish border town of Akcakale after mortar strikes from Kurdish-held northern Syria, Reuters reported.

Anti-aircraft missiles and mortars fired by Kurdish YPG militias also struck the towns of Birecik, Ceylanpinar, and Nusaybin in southeast Turkey on Thursday, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Anti-aircraft missiles and mortars fired by Kurdish YPG militias based in Syria struck the towns of Akcakale, Birecik, Ceylanpinar, and Nusaybin in southeast Turkey on Thursday, Anadolu news agency reported.

The shelling comes a day after Turkey launched a military incursion into northeast Syria, in order to create a “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border. The region is controlled by US-backed Kurdish groups which Ankara views as terrorists affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Ankara claims that its actions will allow Syrian refugees to return to their homes. The military operation, however, has been widely condemned by the international community, including many of Turkey’s NATO allies in Europe. In response, President Erdogan threatened to allow millions of refugees currently living in Turkey to enter the EU.

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