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PKK/YPG attack in N.Syria kills 1, wounds 26 civilians

Car bomb attack in town west of Ras al-Ayn targets civilians in residential area

Burak Dag   | 18.12.2019
PKK/YPG attack in N.Syria kills 1, wounds 26 civilians

ANKARA

At least one civilian was killed and 26 injured in a car bomb attack in northern Syria on Wednesday, according to Turkey's National Defense Ministry.

"Another crime has been added to the list of inhumane terror attacks carried out by PKK/YPG terrorists who know no limits when it comes to evil," the ministry said on Twitter.

"The terrorists detonated a car bomb in a residential area in Tel Abu Shayh west of Rasulayn [Ras al-Ayn], killing one civilian and wounding 26 more.”

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

Since then, Turkey reached agreements with both the U.S. and Russia to force the terrorist YPG/PKK to withdraw from the planned terror-free zone.

But remnants of the YPG/PKK have persisted in some areas, launching attacks on 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 nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.

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