January 20, 2022, 22:20

    Bomb blast kills one in Syrian border city, wounds several

    Bomb blast kills one in Syrian border city, wounds several

    AMMAN, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A car bomb in the rebel-held city of Azaz in northwest Syria killed one civilian on Thursday and wounded several bystanders, witnesses said, in the first act of its kind this year.

    A rescue worker said an improvised explosive device in a vehicle had been planted near a local transport office in the city, which lies near the Turkish border. The city has been the site of several bombings in recent years.

    Turkish-backed Arab rebels in Azaz and other parts of the enclave have blamed previous blasts on the YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia which controls areas in nearby Tel Rifat and holds sway over swathes of Syria's northeast.

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    Rebels say the blasts in markets and other public places killed scores of civilians last year, aiming to destabilise an area populated by more than 3 million Syrians who have fled government-controlled areas during Syria's decade-long conflict.

    The YPG has accused Turkey of killing civilians in drone strikes during a war of attrition waged by Ankara over YPG-held territory in north Syria.

    Turkey considers the YPG an extension of its Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Ankara designates a terrorist group.

    Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Edmund Blair and Angus MacSwan

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