At least 15 people were killed in the explosion of a car bomb in the northern Syrian Tall Abyad. More than 30 were injured, the state-run Turkish news agency Anadolu said. Among the dead and injured are pro-Turkish fighters and civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Most of the injured were taken to Turkish hospitals because they could not be treated in the city.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that the explosion occurred on a marketplace. Responsible is the Kurdish militia YPG. There had already been several explosions of car bombs in nearby towns this week. Tall Abjad is located on the border with Turkey in the so-called security zone that Turkey has built in northern Syria.
In early October, the Turkish military invaded with allied rebels in northern Syria to oust the YPG from the areas. The Turkish government considers the YPG as a terrorist organization. Before the offensive, the US troops allied with the Kurds had begun their withdrawal from the area.
Recently, the Kurdish militia had withdrawn from the territories under a truce by the Turkish government. After the withdrawal, Turkey and Russia had taken up joint patrols in the so-called security zone as a protective power of the Syrian government. Turkey wants to settle Syrian refugees there.