Turkish holiday resort popular with British tourists hit by ROCKET ATTACK

A TURKISH holiday resort popular with British tourists has been hit by a twin rocket attack.

Two rockets landed near a shop in the town of Küçük Çaltıcak, close to the southern resort province, Turkish media reported.

The missiles were fired from a mountainous area outside the city of Antalya.

Separate reports said “terrorists” had driven past the site of the rocket attack firing “hand-made explosives”.

No casualties have yet been reported in the attack, which is understood to have hit a fishing company shop in the coastal city.

Unconfirmed reports said the missiles had been aimed at but failed to reach a ship anchored in the bay.

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The first rocket is understood to have hit a vehicle and building belonging to the fishing shop, .

The second landed in an open field.

Ambulances and police vehicles were dispatched to the area.

Witnesses described a “huge explosion” and shared pictures of smoke rising from a crater in a road.

Buildings were also damaged in the missile strike, which has not yet been claimed by any group.

A statement from Çalticak’s fishing port authority said: ”This morning at 10.20am an explosion occurred in the town of Çalticak.

“The cause of the explosion is being investigated. There is not any loss of life and injury has not occurred.”

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Terror attacks in Turkey are often claimed either by Islamic State or Kurdish rebels who are fighting an insurgency against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

The region has largely avoided the terorrist attacks that have affected the rest of Turkey although a roadside bomb injured two police officers on a road leading from the city in August.

Today’s attack, at around 10.30am local times (8.30am BST) is believed to have targeted the same road as August’s blast.

Antalya is close to the tourist meccas of Marmaris and Bodrum and the city is used to access swathes of the country’s Mediterranean coast

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The main coastal highway between Antalya and Marmaris
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Map showing the rough location of the attack
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Antalya welcomes thousands of British tourists every year

The Foreign Office advises against travel to Turkish provinces bordering Syria but all other areas – including Antalya – are deemed open and relatively safe for British travellers to visit.

Advice on the FCO website states: “There is a high threat from terrorism. There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

“You should be vigilant at this time.”

Security in Turkey was badly affected by a failed coup in July, which prompted President Erdogan to intiiate a tough crackdown on his political opponents.

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