Car bomb kills seven at crowded market in Syrian town near Turkish border

In the northern Aleppo province of Syria, a car bomb explosion occurred in the bustling marketplace of the opposition-held city of Azaz, resulting in the deaths of at least seven individuals and injuring 30 others.

The incident, reported by residents and rescuers to Reuters, occurred late Saturday as people were shopping after breaking their fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

According to Syria’s Civil Defence forces, also known as The White Helmets, the explosion caused significant damage to the crowded market, resulting in casualties being transferred to local hospitals.

Their initial assessment indicated three fatalities, including two children. Eyewitnesses, like Yaseen Shalabi, affirmed the heavy congestion of shoppers in the area at the time of the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Since 2011, Syria has been embroiled in a civil war, leaving the country divided. While President Bashar al-Assad’s government controls much of the nation with support from Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, opposition forces retain control in the northwest, including Azaz, supported by Turkey.

Azaz hosts the Syrian interim government, claiming legitimacy in Syria.The region has faced previous attacks, including those by the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers the Syrian arm of the PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU.

Azaz, predominantly Arab with a notable Kurdish presence, has suffered previous attacks, such as a missile strike in 2022 and a car bombing outside the courthouse in 2017, resulting in numerous casualties.

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