On May 10, a large explosion rocked the center of the Turkish-occupied city of al-Bab in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Local sources said a heavy improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in a local market, near the Center roundabout in city’s center. The explosion took place before Iftar, the first meal eaten by fasting Muslims after sunset in Ramadan.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a civilian was killed and more than 20 others were injured. Some of the injured people, including a child, are reportedly in a critical condition.
There was no immediate claim for the al-Bab attack. Both ISIS and Kurdish forces are usually accused of orchestrating such attacks in Turkish-occupied areas.
Last month, a booby-trapped truck packed with dozens of fuel barrels exploded in the occupied city of Afrin. The attack killed and injured over 100 people, including women and children. The perpetrators have not been uncovered yet.
These attacks shade light on the deteriorating security situation in Turkish-occupied areas in north and northeast Syria. The Turkish military and its proxies appear to be unable to secure the area.