Automotive blast hits rebel-held north Syria

Individuals collect on the website of a automotive bomb blast in Azaz, Syria June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A automotive bomb exploded in a north Syrian city held by Turkey-backed rebels on Sunday, killing at the very least 10 individuals, rescue employees and medics mentioned, after a warfare monitor had reported blasts hitting different insurgent-held areas within the northwest.

The blast was the biggest in months to focus on Azaz, close to the Turkish border. It struck a market that was busy late within the night after the every day Ramadan quick had completed.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels management a strip of territory alongside the frontier between the nations.

It adjoins the enclave in northwest Syria that’s the solely main territory nonetheless held by teams combating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has been the goal of a authorities offensive since late April.

That enclave was additionally hit by a collection of blasts on Sunday mentioned a warfare monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Backed by Russian air energy and Iran-backed militia teams, Assad has regained management over most of Syria.

The rebels’ northwest enclave is dominated by the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham group, the most recent iteration of the previous al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Entrance.

Islamic State militants have repeatedly carried out assaults throughout northern Syria in areas held by insurgents and by Kurdish-led forces.

Reporting by Khalil Ashawi; Writing by Angus McDowall; Modifying by Peter Cooney

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