On April 16, a large explosion rocked the Turkish-occupied village of al-Ahras in the northern al-Hasakah countryside in northeast Syria.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said a booby-trapped vehicle exploded next to a position of the Turkish military and its proxies.
“A car bomb explosion targeted a civilian house used by the Turkish occupation’s mercenaries … this morning in the village of Al-Ahras,” the SANA’s reporter in al-Hasakah said.
According to the state-run agency, the explosion killed and injured a number of Turkish personnel. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed this without providing any additional details.
After the explosion, Turkish forces opened fire at nearby civilian houses and arrested several locals, who are now being held in the town’s school.
Turkish-occupied areas in northeast Syria witnessed a series of explosions during the last few months. Dozens of Syrian militants and Turkish service members were killed.
Turkey blamed Kurdish forces, especially the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), for most of these attacks. However, there is still no evidence to back these accusations that appear to be politically motivated.