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Turkish military fires shells in retaliation to stray Syrian rocket that injures 5 at border


ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's military says it has fired shells at Syrian artillery positions near the border in retaliation for a Syrian rocket that landed close to a Turkish military unit and slightly wounded five people.

The military said Wednesday the rocket was fired during fighting between the Syrian regime and opposition forces and landed inside Turkish territory, some 200 meters (yards) west of the military unit, near the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.

The exploding rocket formed a large crater, caused the roof of a military building to collapse and damaged two vehicles. Five people were injured by broken glass, the military said.

It said the Turkish artillery retaliated by firing at the Syrian regime position.

Turkey frequently returns fire in retaliation for stray fire from Syrian government or opposition forces.

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