Middle East

Car bombing kills 5 civilians in NW Syria

Local security forces suspect YPG/PKK of being behind deadly attack in Azaz

Omer Koparan   | 19.07.2020
Car bombing kills 5 civilians in NW Syria

AZAZ, Syria

At least five civilians were killed and 85 injured on Sunday in a bomb attack in northwestern Syria.

The casualties occurred when an explosives-laden vehicle blew up in the city of Azaz, according to a security source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The YPG/PKK terrorists carry out such attacks but do not claim responsibility as they end up harming civilians, the source added.

Injured civilians, who were in critical condition, were brought to Turkey, the source added.

Bomb attack kills 4 civilians in Syria's Azez

AZEZ, SYRIA - JULY 19: A view of damaged free food and drug delivery centre of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation after a terror attack with a bomb-laden vehicle exploded in Siccu village of Azez, Syria on July 19, 2020. 4 civilians were killed and 20 civilians were injured in the attack. ( Saher El Hacci - Anadolu Agency ) 

Earlier Sunday, also 13 people, including children, were injured in a terror attack in Afrin, northwestern Syria.

The YPG/PKK terror organization, which continues to attack from Syria's Tal Rifaat and Manbij regions, often targets Jarabulus, Azaz and Afrin.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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