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Eight civilians killed in an attack in Syria that Turkey attributes to the YPG

December 23, 2019
Vehículos militares turcos preparándose para entrar en Siria

Turkish military vehicles preparing to enter Syria – REUTERS / HANDOUT. – Archive


Eight civilians have died – including a minor and a woman – and dozens more have been injured in a car bomb attack on Monday in the city of Tel Abyad, in the Syrian part of the border with Turkey, according to informed the Turkish Government.

Anakara attributes the attack to the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG), which represent the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) with a Kurdish majority presence in the northeast of Syria liberated from the Islamic State.

Specifically, he claims that the YPG are attacking the areas under controld by the Syrian National Army, the proturque militia that helped the Turkish forces in their military incursions into Syrian territory.

Turkey launched on October 9 an offensive in Syrian territory that has been paralyzed after the mediation of the United States and Russia in exchange for the withdrawal of the SDS 32 kilometers from the border.

Turkey considers the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) the Syrian subsidiary of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) armed group, with a presence in Turkey. YPGs are in turn the backbone of the SDS.