AMAN, Oct. 31 (Reuters / EP) –
At least eight people have died from the explosion of a car bomb in a market in the Syrian city of Afrin, in northwestern Syria, in an area controlled by rebel groups supported by Turkey, witnesses have reported.
The car bomb explosion has caused injuries to at least 30 people. The Turkish Armed Forces helped allied Syrian rebel groups seize the town of Afrin, a Kurdish majority city that until March 2018 was controlled by Syrian Kurdish militiamen of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).
In recent weeks, the Turkish Armed Forces have been trying to establish a safe zone in northern Syria by expelling fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) from the region.
The videos spread on social networks show the damage caused by the explosion in the market. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of those videos.
On previous occasions there have been attacks with car bombs in civil areas with a majority of Arab population near the border with Turkey, in places dominated by rebels backed by the Ankara authorities.
Turkey launched on October 9 its offensive Peace Spring in northeastern Syria to expel SDF militiamen and create a safe area to relocate hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees now in Turkish territory.