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Residents of Al Bab protest lack of security as 18 people killed in blast

Local | 2019-11-17 17:39:53
Residents of Al Bab protest lack of security as 18 people killed in blast
 Residents of the opposition-held city of al-Bab are going on a strike, following a deadly blast hit the bus terminal on Saturday, leaving 18 people killed and 30 wounded. 

Most of commercial and industrial facilities have been closed, in protest against the deterioration of the security situation in the city and the repeated explosions in the densely populated areas of civilians.  

The local security has a thirty-year-old man said he carried out the attack, accusing Kurdish militias of planning a series of explosions hit Northern Syria.

Meanwhile, Turkish authorities said Sunday they have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in Al-Bab a day earlier.

The ministry said Saturday that the car bomb was carried out by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters in  Al-Bab, which Turkish forces seized in a 2016 offensive.

Ankara views the YPG, the main component of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging a decades-long insurgency in Turkey.

"The perpetrator of the attack was caught after a successful operation by the National Intelligence Organisation," Turkey's defence ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have so far mounted three separate offensives in northern Syria against Islamic State and the YPG militia, seizing areas along its border. They launched another offensive against the YPG in northeastern Syria last month.

Turkey's latest offensive was widely condemned by Ankara's Western allies, who said the assault could hinder the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Turkey has dismissed the concerns, saying it will continue to combat Daesh (ISIS).

Zaman Al Wasl
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