HASAKAH – A suicide bombing on Tuesday evening killed at least 16 civilians and injured dozens more in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah city.
The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its jihadi media outlet of Amaq.
The local self-administration in the province has subsequently cancelled all public ceremonies for the end of Ramadan.
The local council in Hasakah called on civilians not to visit public places and cooperate with the Kurdish Asayish security forces in the city. Moreover, they announced three-day mourning for the victims of the attack.
On Tuesday 19:45 a suicide bomb targeted the Kurdish neighbourhood of Salihiya.
“The blast took place in front of a bakery in the Salihiya neighbourhood. The initial death toll is 16 civilians, including three children and a woman. Also, over 30 others were wounded, some of them are in critical condition,” Dr. Hamid al-Ahmad told ARA News in the Hasakah national hospital.
In the meantime, the pro-ISIS Amaq news agency said that the attack was carried out by two “jihadis”, adding that it claimed lives of “35 Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”. However, local sources and Kurdish officials denied the death of YPG forces in the attack, saying the operation targeted a bakery in the civilian neighbourhood of Salihiya.
The suicide bombing occurred after two days of clashes between the Syrian regime and the Kurdish police forces in Hasakah.
Speaking to ARA News, Amjad Othman, a leader from the Kurdish Reform Party, said that the fight show that the regime is not happy with the huge coalition support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to take Manbij.
“ISIS wants to use the clashes between the Asayish and the regime, and is seeing a weak point to carry out bombings,” Othman told ARA News. “We have to be careful as Kurds to have a balance in the fight against ISIS, and the tensions with the regime,” he added.
“Now the most important operation is Manbij, and the regime is not happy about this operation and wants to make us [Kurds] busy with opening up a new frontline in Hasakah,” he said.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste and Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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