Car bombing kills 13 in Turkey-backed rebel town in northern Syria

BEIRUT, Nehal El-Sherif and Weedah Hamzah (dpa)- A car bomb went off in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, which is controlled by Turkish-backed rebels, killing 13 people on Thursday, a monitoring group said.
Eight civilians, including two children, and four rebels were killed as well as one person who remains unidentified, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The bombing took place at an entrance to the town, where several cars were lined up for inspection. More than 30 people were injured, the Observatory added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The Turkish military and allied Syrian rebel fighters launched an offensive called Operation Olive Branch on January 20, 2018, in Afrin, a mainly Kurdish enclave. They took control of Afrin in March.
Ankara regards the Kurdish fighters as terrorists.
The Turkish army controls part of the border region of northern Syria.

Thursday, July 11th 2019
Nehal El-Sherif and Weedah Hamzah

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