UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Eight people were killed and more than 20 wounded on Sunday when a car bomb exploded in the Turkish-controlled area of northern Syria, the defense ministry said in a statement.
“Eight civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded in a car bomb attack,” the statement said, attributing the blast to the YPG.
The defense ministry also said the blast occurred in a village south of the Syrian city of Tal Abyad, which borders Turkey, in an area now under the control of Turkish troops and their Syrian fighters after a major offensive last month.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion took place in the town of Sluk, about 20 km (15 miles) southeast of the city of Tal Abyad.
The observatory said the bombing killed five people and wounded 13 others, without disclosing whether they were civilians or military personnel. The observatory did not attribute the blast to any party.
Last month, Turkey launched an offensive in northeastern Syria targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it considers “terrorist”, while most Western countries are cooperating with them in the fight against Islamic State.
The Turkish offensive, dubbed the “spring of peace,” allowed Turkish troops and their Syrian militia to take control of a 120-kilometer (60-mile) border strip between the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain.
Ankara suspended military operations after reaching agreements with Washington and Moscow that included the withdrawal of Kurdish troops from the border areas between Syria and Turkey.
Turkey hopes to establish a safe area in northern Syria that will allow it to move some two million Syrian refugees out of the estimated three and a half million currently in Turkey.
The Turkish offensive has killed tens of civilians, displaced tens of thousands of people and has been widely condemned by the international community.
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