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2 Syrians killed, 6 injured as double bomb attack hits Ra’s al-Ayn

At least two Syrian civilians have been killed and six others sustained injuries as a result of two bomb attacks in the northeastern province of Hasakah.

Two explosive-laden cars went off in the Kurdish town of Ra’s al-Ayn in Hasakah on Thursday afternoon, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

The report further said several residential buildings in the southern part of the town and its nearby villages were also destroyed following the blasts.

There has been no immediate claim for the bombings.

On Monday, Turkish military forces killed at least 11 civilians, including eight children, in an artillery attack that struck near a school in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the shelling took place in the Kurdish-held town of Tal Rif’at as students were leaving the building and left 21 others injured.

Northern Syria has been rocked by several deadly bomb attacks since Turkey began an offensive inside Syrian territory in October to clear the area of what it calls anti-Ankara terrorists.

Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria on October 9, in a declared attempt to push the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants from border areas. The military offensive has since displaced around 200,000 people.

Ankara is seeking the establishment of a 32-kilometer “safe zone” totally clear from the presence of Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria. Turkey wants the area to be used for the relocation of two million Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

After seizing a 120-km swathe of land along the border, Turkey struck deals with the US and Russia to keep the Kurdish militants out of that so-called safe zone.

On October 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants must withdraw from the Turkish-controlled “safe zone” within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow would run joint patrols within the area.

Ankara regards the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in the Anatolian country since 1984.