ANKARA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish tanks crossed into northern Syria from the southeastern Turkish province of Kilis on Saturday, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.
The tanks used howitzers to pound the Islamic State (IS) positions after entering the northern Syrian town of al-Rai, it said.
Meanwhile, 3 rockets from IS-controlled northern Syria landed in Kilis at noon, Dogan News Agency reported.
Having captured the Syrian town of Jarablus and cleared the majority of IS militants from the area in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army, a Syrian rebel group against the Syrian government, the Turkish army is now gathering forces in Elbeyli, a border district in Kilis, to remove the presence of the IS from the area between Jarablus and Turkey's Cobanbey.
On Aug. 24, the Turkish army launched the Euphrates Shield cross-border operation to drive out the IS militants in Syria's northern border town of Jarablus, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.
During the operation, the Turkish soldiers and tanks entered Syria from Karkamis in southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep.