Blast in Syrian City Kills 17 People, Turkish Defense Ministry Says

Border blast comes days after another car explosion left at least 10 people dead

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The tragedy comes just days after another car explosion left at least 10 people dead and 25 injured in the town of Tell Abyad near the Syrian-Turkish border.

A car bomb attack near the city of Ras al-Ain in northern Syria has claimed the lives of 17 people, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Ministry said that the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara labels a terrorist group, was responsible for the attack.

Earlier, SANA news agency reported that a number of civilians were killed while others were critically injured after a car bomb exploded in the town of Tel Halaf, west of the city of Ras al-Ain on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The Turkish-Syrian border has been rocked by deadly incidents in recent weeks despite the end of the Turkish-led offensive launched last month.

Turkish Op in Syria

In October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a military operation in northeastern Syria to “clear the territory of terrorists,” referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers terrorists.

Several weeks later, the operation came to a halt following lengthy negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian city of Sochi.

Under the agreement, Russian military police and Syrian border guards committed themselves to facilitating the withdrawal of Kurdish militia from an 18-mile border zone, outside the area of the Turkish military’s ‘Operation Peace Spring.’ Russia and Turkey have since begun joint patrols along the border.

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