At least 13 dead by car bomb in the border city of Syria: Ankara

ISTANBUL: At least 13 people died on Saturday in a car bomb attack near a market in a Syrian border city controlled by Turkish forces, Ankara and said a rights guard.

According to the first findings, 13 civilians died and another 20 were injured in the explosion in the northeastern city of Tal Ayab, Turkey The Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

He blamed the attack on the militia of the Protection Units of the Syrian Kurdish People (YPG), which he regards as a terrorist branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK, which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.

But the YPG under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria with support from the United States.

Last month, Turkey launched an offensive in northern Syria against the YPG, which drew immediate international condemnation.

A 120-kilometre (75-mile) "safe zone" area between the Syria n towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain was established as part of an October 17 deal between Ankara and Washington, involving a ceasefire and the YPG's full withdrawal from the stretch.

On Friday, Turish troops began joint patrols with Russian forces in northern Syria to ensure the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters.

The Britain-based Syria n Observatory for Human Rights reported that Saturday's explosion killed 14 civilians and Turkish-backed rebels.

The group did not comment on who was behind the attack.