60 killed in truck bomb blasts in Syrian Christian town

(From RT)

Three truck bomb explosions in the town of Tell Tamer in Syria’s northeastern Al Hasakah province have killed up to 60 and injured more than 80 people on Thursday, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG said on Friday, Reuters reports.

The blast

The truck bomb blasts stuck near a crowded market square in Syria’s Al Hasakah province

The blasts struck near a Kurdish militia forces field hospital and in the crowded Al Jumla market square, where the majority of the fatalities occurred. Most of the affected people were civilians, but there were some Kurdish and Assyrian self-defense fighters among them.

The vehicles were allegedly packed with large amounts of explosives, which also inflicted significant damage to nearby buildings and infrastructure. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Tell Tamer is predominantly inhabited by Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians. The town, also home to an Assyrian Christian community, has become a target of numerous terror attacks and incursions by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants over the last months.

In September, IS militants organized a series of deadly terror attacks in the town of Hasakah, which killed 39 and injured more than 100. Terrorists targeted the headquarters of the Kurdish militia and pro-government forces, but most of the victims were civilians, according to TASS.

In February, IS terrorists took some 200 local Christians hostage and also destroyed five local churches. This caused most of the residents to flee to nearby Hasakah, the governorate’s capital city some 600 kilometers from Damascus. Kurdish forces and local fighters have temporarily joined forces with the Syrian Army and cleared the region of IS jihadists.

The Syrian conflict has taken the lives of more than 250,000 people, according to UN estimates. The humanitarian crisis has internally displaced over 6.5 million Syrians and forced 4.3 million to flee the country. They have sought refuge in neighboring countries and Europe.



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