Car bomb attack hit Syrian Kurdish city, killing 30

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The explosion location in Tirbespi city. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – A car bomb attack targeted on Saturday evening al-Sharqiya station for fuel in Kurdish Tirbespi city, east of Qamishli, in northeastern Syria.

Local sources stated to ARA News that the bombing which targeted a crowd of people in front of the station at 6:00 pm, claimed lives of more than 30 people and wounded many others, amid security alert by the Assayish forces (security arm of the Democratic Union Party PYD) which imposed a siege around the incident’s location. The wounded were transferred to hospitals in Qamishli city.

Talking to ARA News, JiwanA., a civil rights activist based in the city of Tirbespi, said: “The explosion occurred in front of a barrier for the Popular Protection Units YPG (military arm of the PYD) on the main road linking Tirbespi (Qahtaniya) to Derik (Malikiya).

“The fuel station of al-Sharqiya near the city was targeted and a number of civilians were reported dead,” Jiwan added. “The exact number of victims is unknown because the Assayish forces and the YPG imposed a siege on the explosion location, but at leat 30 dead bodies were moved from the location.”

Moreover, the bombing caused full destruction of the station building in addition to the severe damage in buildings and shops in the vicinity of the explosion’s location.

Yousef Hussein, a nurse in the National Hospital of Qamishli, stated to ARA News that the hospital received a number of wounded, mostly in critical conditions, adding that the hospital is in dire need of blood.

Ali Ahmed, an activist based in the city of Qamishli, told ARA News that the city mosques loudspeakers were calling on the people urging them to donate blood for the large number of wounded in the hospitals.

Although no party disclosed responsibility for the explosion so far, but the residents and activists accused al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of executing the attack. ISIL militants are in conflict with the Kurdish forces of the YPG since nearly a year for control over Kurdish-populated areas in northern Syria.

 

Reporting by: Bangin Mohammed and Dilshad Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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