Turkish army tanks and soldiers gather close to the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. / AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria Sunday, in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on Turkish towns, killing at least one refugee.Turkish officials say 11 rockets launched from Syria have landed in Turkish towns along the border, killing at least one Syrian refugee and injuring 47 .Turkish officials said the troops entered Afrin a day after dozens of Turkish jets and artillery units at the border pounded Syrian Kurdish targets.The operation, for which Turkey has also rallied nearly 10,000 Syrian opposition fighters, could spill into a wider Turkish-Kurdish confrontation inside Turkey. There are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Kurdish fighters in the Afrin district, the Turkish prime minister said.SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali denied that Turkish troops had entered Afrin, saying Kurdish forces have been repelling attacks since Saturday.
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