Turkey’s defense ministry said five people were killed and more than 20 injured in an attack on an industrial site in the center of the city.
At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured when a car bomb exploded in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.
The ministry said in a statement that the explosion took place on Saturday at an industrial site in the center of the city and injured 22 people.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the death toll was six, citing local sources in the region, adding that at least 25 people were injured.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Turkish Defense Ministry blamed the attack on fighters from the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Ankara considers the YPG to be a “terrorist” group linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) armed group within its own borders and has organized multiple incursions into Syria in collaboration with the Syrian rebels it supports. to push the YPG and ISIS (ISIS) fighters from the Turkish border.
Afrin was largely cleared of YPG fighters in 2018 thanks to a Turkish-led military operation, but the city and other parts of the region are regularly rocked by such shelling.
Ankara now maintains a strong military presence in the region, deploying thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave in Syria.
The PKK, designated a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people were killed in the conflict, concentrated in the south -est of Turkey.