Attacks kill several people, including civilians, in northeastern Syria

Nineteen people were killed and 33 wounded in a car bomb explosion. The attack has not been claimed for the time being.

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Photo of the car bomb attack in Al-Bab, Syria, on November 16th. The snapshot was provided by opponents of the Damascus regime in Al-Bab, and authenticated by the Associated Press. AP

Nineteen people, including 13 civilians, were killed on Saturday, November 16, in a car bomb attack in the city of Al-Bab, under the control of the Turkish army in northeastern Syria, the report said. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

The blast occurred in a gathering place for taxis and buses, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the organization's director, who relies on a vast network of sources in the country at war. More than 33 people were injured, some seriously. Charred bodies lay on the ground.

The attack was not claimed in the immediate future. But Turkey, a country neighboring Syria where it deploys troops, pointed to the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units (YPG), which it describes as "Terrorist" for his alleged links with the Turks of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"YPG terrorists continue to target innocent civilians using the same methods as Daesh (Arabic acronym of the Islamic State Jihadist group, EI) "said the Turkish Ministry of Defense on Twitter.

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More than 370,000 dead, millions of displaced people

Former stronghold of the IS, the city of Al-Bab is located 30 km northeast of Aleppo. It is the scene of violence including assassinations since its conquest more than two years ago by the Turkish forces helped by their Syrian auxiliaries, according to the OSDH.

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In 2017, the Turkish army took the city as part of an anti-IS operation in northern Syria, a border region of Turkey. In March, IS was defeated in its last stronghold, on the eastern borders of Syria by Kurdish forces, backed by an international coalition led by Washington. The group has, however, mutated into a clandestine organization carrying out deadly attacks in several regions.

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Triggered in 2011 by prodemocracy protests, the war in Syria has become more complex over the years with the intervention of foreign powers and jihadist groups. The conflict killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions of people.


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