On January 31, two explosions rocked Turkish-occupied areas in the northern Aleppo countryside in northern Syria.
The first explosion took place in the town of Azaz near the Turkish border. A booby-trapped car blew up in front of the Cultural Center in the heart of the town. The fairly large explosion destroyed many shops, cars and started a fire.
According to several opposition sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six people, including two women and a child, were killed in the explosion. More than 30 others were injured.
A few minutes after the Azaz bombing, a car backed with explosives went off at a checkpoint of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) between the towns of Umm Shukif and al-Zarzor.
The explosion claimed the lives of five Syrian militants from the SNA’s Hamza Davison. More than seven other people were injured.
The Turkish Ministry of National Defense held the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) responsible for both bombings. No evidence was presented by the ministry.
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— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) January 31, 2021
A day earlier, an explosive-laden car blew up in the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin. Eight people, including four children, were killed. The YPG and PKK were also blamed for the bombing.
Ankara has been taking almost no measures to secure the Syrian areas occupied by its forces. Resentment towards Turkish forces, especially local militants, is now growing in these areas.
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