May 18, 2016 / 11:18 AM / in a year

'Partial improvement' in Turkish border town targeted by Islamic State: spokesman

The gate of a mosque struck by shrapnel from rocket fire from Syria is seen in Turkey's southeastern border town of Kilis May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

ANKARA (Reuters) - The security situation in the Turkish border town of Kilis has improved partially, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday, after months of rocket fire from Syria killed 21 people there so far this year.

Islamic State has repeatedly targeted Kilis, which hosts a large Syrian refugee population, since January, but no attacks have been reported in recent weeks.

Kalin was speaking at a news conference.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Daren Butler

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