Syria fuel truck blast kills dozens in Afrin

At least 46 people were killed by a fuel truck blast in northern Syria on Tuesday. The explosion took place in a market in Afrin, a city controlled by Turkish-backed rebel fighters.  According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least six turkish-backed rebel fighters were among the dead.  

There are fears that the death toll could rise as 50 people are reported to be wounded, with some in critical condition. Read moreSyria's intelligence apparatus on trial in Germany While it's not clear who was behind the blast, the Turkish Defence Ministry blamed the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in a statement posted on Twitter. 

The YPG is viewed as a "terrorist" offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), which has been waging a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. "The enemy of humanity PKK/YPG has once again targeted innocent civilians in Afrin," the ministry said. According to activists, several people were burned to death in the blast, including some who were stuck inside their vehicles.

Videos and photographs of the aftermath show charred bodies covered with blankets in ambulances and a hospital yard. Read moreSyria prison riot highlights Kurdish forces' struggle with IS combatants Afrin, a mainly Kurdish enclave, was captured by the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel fighters in 2018.

In the last few months the city has witnessed a string of car bombings, but Tuesday's blast was one of the biggest. dvv/dr (AFP, AP, dpa) Every evening, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism.

You can sign up to receive it directly here.

You may also like...