Deadly car bomb explodes in packed Syria marketplace
Local sources told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that a car exploded in the marketplace of Tal Halaf.
The sources added that among the casualties were several members of the Syrian National Army, a rebel group backed by Turkey and deployed as its ground troops in its cross-border offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria’s northern border areas.
The death toll will likely to rise due to some of the victims suffering from serious injuries, while a large number of people are thought to be buried beneath rubble.
Footage, purported to be of the scene, showed a number of cars on fire and ambulances being loaded with casualties.
Earlier on Tuesday, ten people were wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the town of Afrin in northern Syria, which is under Turkish control.
A device was exploded in a taxi parked next to a popular restaurant, damaging a number of shops and cars as well as the casualties.
No organisation has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, however observers suspected the attacks were carried out by Kurdish militants.
Since Turkey's incursion into Syria's Kurdish areas beginning in 2018, groups such as the YPG militia have targeted the area with a string of deadly attacks.
Turkey's 2018 operation which aimed to push out Kurds and Kurdish forces from the border areas killed scores of civilians and sparked the mass displacement of Kurds out of Afrin, which some have equated to ethnic cleansing.
Ankara has since launched a further operation into Syria's northern border area, taking over a 32km (20-mile) deep "safe zone" along 480km (300 miles) of the Syrian side of the border.
Armed Syrian rebel groups backed by Turkey are alleged to have committed war crimes against Kurds in the latest offensive.
Out-gunned and having lost US support, the Kurds have been forced to withdraw from the area, striking deals with the Syrian regime to hand over swathes of territory it won back from the Islamic State.
Turkey considers the Syrian YPG a terrorist organisation, accusing it of being an extension of the PKK, a Kurdish group who have led a long and bloody insurgency in Turkey.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay connected