Turkish shelling kills 55 IS fighters

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Edited by Nelly Tawil

As retaliation for weeks of rocket attacks on the Turkish border town of Kilis, Turkish shelling killed 55 Islamic State insurgents in northern Syria, military sources say. In recent weeks the town has been assaulted with rockets where around 20 have perished and 70 have been left wounded according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

Three vehicles and three rocket illustrations in Suran and Tal El Hisn were indisposed alongside the fighters.

The town of Kilis sits only 37 miles north of Aleppo, which while ruined remains the best strategic prize in the five-year civil war.

Turkish officials have stated that assistance from Western allies needs to be increased in defending Kilis and the border.

“None of those who claim to fight against Daesh in Syria have neither inflicted as many losses on it as we have, nor have they paid as big a price a we have,” President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech, using Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

“They left us alone in our struggle against this group that hurts us with suicide bombings and attacks on Kilis.”

Its been reported by Turkish officials that Islamic State fighters diving up to the Turkish Border on motorcycles and launching rockets at Kilis before fleeing is a common occurrence.