Blast causes deaths in Syria’s rebel-held Afrin
BEIRUT (Reuters) – A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded many others on Thursday in the Syrian city of Afrin which Turkish-backed rebel groups captured from Kurdish fighters last year, medical sources and a war monitor said.
The blast struck an entrance to the city, killing civilians including children, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group reported.
The Observatory and the medical sources said many other people had been injured in the explosion, some very badly.
Afrin is located north of Aleppo near the border with Turkey. It was held by the Kurdish YPG militia until last year when rebels seized it and the surrounding countryside in a Turkey-backed offensive.
While major fighting has ended, for now, in many parts of Syria, there is still much insecurity, with bombings and other attacks that have targeted civilians in areas controlled by all sides in the conflict.
In June, a car bomb in Azaz, a town near Afrin also controlled by Turkey-backed rebels killed at least 10 people when it struck in a busy marketplace on a Ramadan night.
(Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Alison Williams)