Blasts in Afrin of Syria

Media sources reported two blasts in Afrin, North Western Syria.

Iran Press/ Middle East: The first blast happened at an al-Filat street in the central part of Afrin, and the second one hit a village located at the eastern part of the city.

The blasts left at least five civilians dead, Iran Press reported citing IRNA.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the blasts. The Turkish army has captured 4000 kilometers of  the Syrian soil including  Afrin. 

The Syrian government has condemned Turkey's military operations in Afrin and other areas in northwest of Syria and called on Turkey to leave the Syrian soil.

Operation Olive Branch in Afrin region is Turkey's second major military intervention in Syria since 2011.

In August 2016, Turkey began a unilateral military intervention in northern Syria, code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, sending tanks and warplanes across the border. Ankara claimed that its campaign was aimed at pushing the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance of Kurdish forces, who were themselves fighting Daesh.

Turkey ended its campaign in northern Syria in March 2017, but at the time did not rule out the possibility of yet another act of military offensive inside the Arab country. 203/215

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