The Turkish Defence Ministry said at least 13 civilians were killed and some 20 others injured in the attack which targeted a marketplace in the district center of Tal Abyad.
Turkey strongly condemned the YPG/PKK terror attack which claimed the lives of at least 13 civilians in Tal Abyad, Syria on Saturday.
“We harshly condemn the inhumane attack of the bloody PKK/YPG terrorists who carried out a bomb attack against the innocent civilians of Tal Abyad, who could have returned to their homes as a result of Operation Peace Spring," the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a written statement.
The ministry, citing initial reports said, at least 13 civilians were killed and some 20 others were injured in the attack which targeted a marketplace in the district centre of Tal Abyad.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also condemned the attack on Twitter, adding that the “heinous attack” proves that Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria is right and timely.
The attack targeting innocent civilians in Tal Abyad should serve as a lesson to those who provide shelter to YPG terrorist organization and justify its actions. This heinous attack proves once again how right and timely #OperationPeaceSpring was.— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) November 2, 2019
Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that those who support the YPG terror group are among those responsible for the attack.
The Tal Abyad attack shows the YPG is back to its classic methods.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) November 2, 2019
Those who support this group are among the responsible for this and similar attacks in the future.
We express one more time our determination to fight this group within our borders and beyond.
Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin decried the attack and said on Twitter that it “shows once again the true face of this terrorist organisation."
The attack in a market place in Tal Abyad by the YPG terrorists today killed 13 and injured 20 people.— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) November 2, 2019
This shows once again the true face of this terrorist organization.
Turkey will continue to fight against terrorism in all of its forms and shapes.
The YPG/PKK terrorists continued attacks in Tal Abyad and Ras al Ayn districts despite pulling out of areas under a deal reached by Turkey and the US on October 17.
Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on October 9 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.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the European Union, has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.
The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.