Syria

Syria, June 3, 2019:

At least 10 persons were killed and twenty-eight injured after a ‘car bomb’ exploded in a north Syria town held by Turkish rebels on Sunday. While some reports suggest the actual number of deaths is 13, some reports even suggest that the tally might be as high as 17.

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The blast hit a bustling marketplace during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan after the end of the daily fast. The blast reportedly took place when people were leaving a mosque after the iftar meal.

The blast was the largest in months to target Azaz, near the Turkish border. It may be mentioned that Turkey-backed Syrian rebels control a strip of territory along the frontier between the countries. Azaz is a rebel-held city at the heart of a Turkish zone of influence in Aleppo province.

This is not the only deadly car bomb blast to have hit the town of Azaz. In January, 2017, at least 43 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, near the Turkish border. The explosion had occurred outside a courthouse in the town, just 7 km (four miles) from the Turkish frontier.

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