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At Least 13 People Killed In Car Bomb Attacks, Shooting In Northern Syria

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six civilians lost their lives when a car bomb blew up in the city of Azaz

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Divya Dhadd
Divya Dhadd

SYRIA: On Sunday, at least 11 people were killed in car bomb attacks in rebel-held areas in Aleppo of Syria.

The explosion has reportedly injured around 30 other people, wrecking the surrounding buildings. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six civilians lost their lives when a car bomb blew up in the city of Azaz. A police source said that the blast went off near the cultural center of Azaz, which is being used by Turkey-backed rebels as the base of a self-styled opposition government.

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The blast site witnessed mournful sights of a man running away carrying a child in a bloodied cloth and thick smoke undulating from a severely damaged car.

In another car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Bezaa, a pro-Ankara group called the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was targeted, killing five of the groups’ fighters and injuring the other four.

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In yet another series of attacks on Sunday, Kurdish security forces opened fire on pro-Syrian government demonstrators in the northern city of Hassakeh. One person was killed and four others injured. However, it is still unknown whether the injured were civilians or security agents.

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The fatal attacks summed up a weekend of violence and unrest in northern Syria. On Saturday, around eight civilians were killed, of whom half were children, by a blast from an explosives-laden car in the city of Afrin.

Turkey at its allied forces in Syria have time and again blamed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as Turkey considers the force a terrorist organization and offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Its history traces back to 2019 when Kurdish forces were pushed out of areas in northern Syria after Turkey mounted an offensive in the region. The Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority. Since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, the minority group has maintained their autonomy in the north where they run their own affairs.


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