Two car bombs exploded, respectively, in the cities of Al-Bab and Afrin in the governorate of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while the Syrian Democratic Forces “ambushed” Syrian fighters loyal to Ankara near the city of Ain Issa in the north of Raqqa, but it is not clear whether the three incidents are connected.
As a result of three military operations that they launched between 2016 and 2019, which focused against Kurdish fighters, Turkish forces and the Syrian factions loyal to them control a large border area that witnesses security chaos from time to time, assassinations and bombings.
The Syrian Observatory reported on Tuesday that a car bomb exploded in the city of Al-Bab in the eastern province of Aleppo, while the chief of the police station was traveling in a neighboring town, killing him, along with his escort and driver, in addition to two civilians. The blast wounded 19 others.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion in the city, which Turkish forces, along with pro-Syrian factions, have taken control of since February 2017, following a large-scale attack against ISIS.
In the city of Al-Bab, members of the Civil Defense were seen putting out the fire caused by the explosion, while residents gathered to inspect the damage to several cars in the place.
The director of the observatory, Rami Abdul Rahman, did not rule out that “the organization’s cells are behind this targeting,” especially since he claimed several times of bombings in the city of Al-Bab, but the region sometimes witnesses confrontations between the pro-Ankara factions that are competing for influence.
In a tweet, the Deputy Regional Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs for Syria at the United Nations, Mark Katz, commenting on the explosion and casualties, said, “Car bombs and improvised explosive devices are still a fatal affliction in Syria, which this year alone has caused the deaths of at least 132 civilians (including 35 women and children)) And 461 others were wounded, according to United Nations monitoring. ”
Later, a car bomb explosion in Afrin city in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo killed at least three people and injured 16 others, according to the observatory.
Turkish forces have controlled the Kurdish-majority region of Afrin since March 2018, along with pro-Syrian factions, following an attack it launched against Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers “terrorists”.
Often, Afrin witnesses similar attacks that no party adopts, and Ankara accuses the Kurdish fighters of being behind it. The bombing of a tanker bomb in April killed at least 46 people, including civilians and Syrian fighters loyal to Ankara, according to the observatory.
And in the northern countryside of Raqqa, the observatory reported that at least 30 fighters from the pro-Ankara factions infiltrated on Monday night the village of Muqala, located on the outskirts of Ain Issa, after the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces withdrew from it.
It was later revealed that the Syrian Democratic Forces had ambushed these fighters, as 21 of them were killed as a result of “the explosion of a minefield they planted” and the rest were wounded, some seriously.
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