On September 1, a booby-trapped car exploded near a protest tent in the Syrian city of Azaz near the border with Turkey, according to the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi. The strategic city has been under the control of the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield (ES) force since late 2016.
The pro-opposition news outlet said that dozens of civilians were protesting inside the tent against the local council of Azaz, which is accused of corruption and mismanagement.
According to local sources, only two civilians were killed in the explosion. However, the death toll is expected to raise in the upcoming hours as dozens of civilians were severely wounded.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but Syrian opposition activists believe that cells of ISIS or the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) may be behind it.
The new attack is another example for the deteriorating security situation in the ES-held areas in northern Syria. These areas have witness dozens of attacks since it was captured by Turkish-backed forces two years ago. However, Turkey is yet to do anything to improve the security situation there.