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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