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YPG/PKK terror attack kills 17 civilians in N.Syria

Terror attack also injures over 20 civilians in village of Tel Halef west of Ras al-Ayn, says Turkish Defense Ministry

Büşra Nur Bilgiç   | 26.11.2019
YPG/PKK terror attack kills 17 civilians in N.Syria


A YPG/PKK terror attack on Tuesday killed 17 civilians and injured more than 20 others in northern Syria, said the Turkish Defense Ministry.

“The child murderers this time detonated a car bomb in the village of Tel Halef west of Ras al-Ayn [also known as Kobani], killing 17 people and wounding more than 20,” said the ministry on Twitter.

“Showing a much worse attitude than Daesh [also known as ISIS], the PKK/YPG terror group continues its car bombings aimed at civilians,” it added.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some two million refugees.

Under two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia, Turkey paused the operation to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the planned northern Syria safe zone.

But the terrorists have failed to withdraw from some areas and continue to attack both soldiers and civilians.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- 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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