UPDATES WITH YPG/PKK TERROR ATTACKS IN TAL ABYAD CITY OF NORTHERN SYRIA IN NOVEMBER
By Ali Murat Alhas
ANKARA (AA) - The PKK/YPG terror group killed at least three civilians and wounded 20 others in a car bomb attack in northern Syria, Turkey's Ministry of National Defense said on Saturday.
"The PKK/YPG terror organization, which is no different from Daesh [also known as ISIS], continues to slaughter innocent civilians," the ministry said on Twitter.
It added that "baby-killer terrorists" attacked civilians at work in an industrial area of the Tal Abyad district with a bomb-laden vehicle, killing three and injuring 20 others, according to initial reports.
This is not the first time the PKK/YPG directly targeted civilians in the district, which was cleared of terror elements following Turkey’s anti-terror operation in northern Syria. In fact, in November alone, the terror group repeatedly targeted the district's civilians.
On Nov. 19, the PKK/YPG attacked a school in Curn village, killing three civilians and wounded eight children.
Eight civilians were killed and 20 others wounded on Nov. 10, when a car bomb planted by the terror group exploded in southern Tal Abyad.
Terrorists sought to slaughter civilians once again on No. 5, sending a vehicle loaded with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to Tal Abyad. Luckily, nobody was killed or injured and the would-be perpetrator was caught alive.
On Nov. 2, the terror group conducted another deadly attack in the town, killing 13 civilians and wounding 20 others after targeting a marketplace in the city center.
Liberating Tal Abyad from PKK/YPG terrorists almost immediately after the launch of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey is providing health services to conflict-weary civilians, restoring hospitals, houses of worship and roads in a bid to increase residents' quality of life.
With their basic needs being met by Turkey, the locals looked forward to living a better life in the city, with many returning home. However, the PKK/YPG continuously targets civilian areas to disturb peace in the city
Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara has reached two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia to pause the operation in order to allow YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from a planned safe zone, where Turkey wants to repatriate the refugees.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.