Car Bomb In Northern Syria Kills At Least 13

Russian soldiers stand near a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol in northeastern Syria on November 1. (Photo credit: AFP)

At least 13 civilians were killed when a car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town close to the country’s border with Turkey on November 2, Turkish officials said.

At least 20 people were injured in the blast, which occurred near a market in the northeastern town of Tal Ayab.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 people were killed and that some of the victims were Turkish-backed militiamen.

The Turkish Defense Ministry blamed the attack on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Ankara has labeled a “terrorist” branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

As part of a deal struck on October 17 between Turkey and the United States, a 120-kilometer “safe zone” was established between the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, and the YPG was obligated to withdraw from the area.

On November 1, Turkey and Russia began joint military patrols to monitor the withdrawal and enforce the “safe zone.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.