Car bomb targets Syrian town held by Turkey-backed fighters

Published October 24, 2019, 4:43 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

BEIRUT — Syrian state media and a war monitoring group say a car bombing wounded several people in a town taken by Turkey-backed rebels from Kurdish fighters during Ankara’s invasion this month into northeastern Syria.

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, a view of the town of Tal Abyad, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis / MANILA BULLETIN)
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, a view of the town of Tal Abyad, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least four people were hurt in Thursday’s explosion in the town of Tal Abyad.

The state news agency SANA also reported the bombing, for which no one immediately claimed responsibility.

Syrian Kurdish fighters this week completed their withdrawal from a stretch of territory along the Turkey-Syrian border where Ankara launched its incursion into
Syria this month. The stretch lies between the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad.

That pullback, allowing Turkish-backed forces to take over, was part of an agreement Turkey made with the United States.

 
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