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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Landmine Explosion Rocks Northeast Aleppo Town Held by Turkey-backed Factions

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7Dnews London

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:44 GMT

An explosion hit Aleppo’s northeast town of Bizaah in Syria on Wednesday, February 20th, a war monitor reported. The town is controlled by Syrian factions partaking in the Turkish cross-border offensive dubbed the Operation Euphrates Shield.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the blast was caused by a landmine planted in the town. One person has been reported as injured.

After the bombing, Turkish-backed factions closed the roads and the entrances and exits of the town and carried out an arrest raid. However, there are no details available about the arrests carried out.

An earlier report by the Observatory noted that security chaos continues to dominate areas controlled by Turkey-backed factions in the north of Syria.

Russia, a key backer of regime head Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey, which supports opposition factions, last September brokered a cease-fire for a number of areas in north Syria, an agreement which averted a major regime offensive. But the deal has been strained as al-Qaida-linked militants, backed by Turkey, seized towns and villages in the area.

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