55 IS Militants Killed in Northern Syria

55 IS Militants Killed in Northern Syria55 IS Militants Killed in Northern Syria

Turkish shelling killed 55 militants of the self-styled Islamic State group in northern Syria on Saturday evening, military sources said, in retaliation for weeks of rocket attacks on a Turkish border town.

Artillery fire hit the regions of Suran and Tal El Hisn north of Aleppo, as well as Baragidah and Kusakcik, taking out three rocket installations and three vehicles in addition to the killings of the militants, the sources said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Earlier on Saturday, US-led coalition air strikes in Syria killed 48 IS militants, according to a report from state-run Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from IS-controlled territory of Syria, has been regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks.

Kilis is about 60 kilometers north of Aleppo, Syria’s embattled, biggest city and the biggest strategic prize in a more than five-year-old civil war.

The Turkish military usually responds with artillery barrages into northern Syria, but officials have said it is difficult to hit mobile IS targets with howitzers. Turkish officials have said they need more help from western allies in defending the border.