News ID: 170289
Published: 0348 GMT October 14, 2016

Turkish resort of Antalya 'hit by three rockets' in attack

Turkish resort of Antalya 'hit by three rockets' in attack

Rockets landed near a resort town in the Turkish province of Antalya on Friday morning, an attack likely to further damage the country’s crumbling tourism sector.

No one was killed or injured in the attack, which apparently targeted a fuel tanker but instead hit a fishing company’s storage house and open ground nearby, The Telegraph reported.

Turkish media reported that the two rockets were fired from a mountainous area close to the highway linking the city of Antalya to the resort town of Kemer.

No group made an immediate claim of responsibility, but in August a gendarmerie vehicle was targeted with a roadside bomb on the same highway, wounding three soldiers.

The August attack was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a splinter group of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade of terror against Turkish security forces.

The PKK has stepped up attacks following a brief lull in violence after Turkey’s failed coup in July.

Earlier this week, terrorists assassinated two regional politicians from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

On Friday, a series of PKK-linked attacks killed at least four soldiers and injured 16 others across six provinces in the country’s Kurdish-majority southeast.

The conflict—dormant for two-and-a-half years thanks to a ceasefire which fell apart last summer—has smothered the southeast’s burgeoning tourism sector.

Elsewhere in the country, the industry has cratered even in tourist hotspots like Antalya, with the number of foreign visitors to Turkey dropping by around 40 percent this summer.

Bombings at tourist sites in Istanbul and in the heart of the capital Ankara earlier this year prompted travel companies and cruise liners to cancel their Turkey stops. 

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