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JUNE 2023

Explosion Hits Church In Government-Held Part Of Qamishli (Videos)

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A booby-trapped car exploded near the Virgin Mary church in the government-held part of the northern Syrian city of al-Qamishli in the afternoon of July 11.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reporter in the city said that at least eleven civilians were injured in the blast, that also caused material damage.

“The walls of the church, the nearby shops and the cars parked in the area sustained material damage,” the reporter said.

Few units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and a local Christian pro-government force, known as the Sootoro, control vital parts of al-Qamishli to this day, including the city’s airport and the crossing with Turkey.

There was no immediate claim for the attack. However, pro-government and Kurdish activists said that ISIS or even cells of Turkish-backed groups could be behind it.

Earlier today, a large explosion killed more than eleven people, including women and children, in the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin. Three booby-trapped motorcycles also exploded in al-Hasakah’s city center, causing minimum damage.

These explosions reflect the deteriorating security situation in northern Syria. The region is not only witnessing high-tension between Arabs and Kurds, but also increasing activities by ISIS cells.

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