News ID: 261681
Published: 1230 GMT November 16, 2019

Bomb attack kills over a dozen in north Syria

Bomb attack kills over a dozen in north Syria

A car bomb attack in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab has claimed the lives of at least 14 people, according to media reports.

A video purportedly shot in the aftermath of the explosion by an Al Jazeera correspondent showed scenes of chaos with multiple small fires and what appears to be a large pool of blood on the ground.

The Turkish Defense Ministry accused “inhumane and uncivilized” Kurdish YPG militias for the bombing, saying the tactics showed that they were not different from the Daesh terrorist group, RT reported.

Al-Bab, a city in Syria’s Aleppo Governorate, is located some 30 km south of the Turkish border and has remained under Turkish control since late 2016.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb blast targeting a bus and taxi station in the city, also wounded 33 people, some of them seriously.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the UK-based observatory group said there had been persistent security incidents in the town since its capture by Turkish troops in February 2017.

Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984. The YPG constitutes the backbone of the Kurdish-dominated so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants must withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow will run joint patrols around the area.

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