Syrian opposition news source claims Assad regime responsible for Reyhanli attacks

Syrian opposition news site leaks document proportion Assad regime culpability in lethal attack on Turkish town in Reyhanli.

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Syrian opposition news site, Zaman Al Wasl leaked a document purportedly proving Syria’s Assad regime culpable for the May 2013 attack on the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.

The leaked document said to originate from the 331st branch of Syria’s intelligence agency, reports that agents affiliated Syria’s security forces had made arrangements of the two car bombs that were detonated in the city.

Two car bombs exploded in the centre of Reyhanli on May 11, 2013, killing 52 civilians, wounding a further 140.

Turkish police forces charged five Turkish citizens reportedly tied to the Syrian regime’s Mukhabarat over their involvement in the attacks.  

The two pronged attack saw one bomb detonate as the second targeted those who responded to assist those hit by the first blast.

Of the 52 dead, five were Syrian and 47 were Turkish nationals.

On May 12 2013, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi claimed that the Assad regime "did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that.”

The Assad regime remains at odds with the Turkish government due to Turkey’s support for rebel groups looking to oust the country’s regime leader Bashar al-Assad.


TRTWorld and agencies