Bomb blast kills 13 civilians in N. Syria

ISTANBUL, A massive bombing hit in Tal Abyad city, Al-Raqqa Governorate, north Syria, on Saturday, killing at least 13 civilians and wounding two dozen others, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense said.

Strongly denouncing the attack, the Turkish Ministry blamed it on “the YPG/PKK terrorists” in reference to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

“The inhumane attack was carried out by the bloody PKK/YPG terrorists,” Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted the Ministry as saying in a statement.

The attack targeted “the innocent residents of Tal Abyad” who were returning to their homes after the Turkish military Operation Peace Spring, the statement said, adding, “We call on all countries to take a stand against this brutal terror group.” The statement called on the international community to take a tougher stance against the PKK/YPG terrorists, noting that the YPG/PKK terrorists continue attacks in Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn districts despite pulling out of the area under a deal reached by Turkey and the US on October 17. Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on October 9 to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River, protect Turkey’s borders, and ensure safe return of Syrian refugees to their homes.

Source: Kuwait News Agency