A car belonging to the Education Board of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) was blown up by a car bomb, not hit in on-going Turkish airstrikes, according to Rojava Information Centre.
It has now been confirmed by NES' internal security forces (Asayish) that the car exploded due to a planted bomb, not a drone strike. Sami Ehmed Sileman, the driver of the car, was injured. https://t.co/yl6N9ra9xW pic.twitter.com/wpJSOp1nDX
— Rojava Information Center (@RojavaIC) December 5, 2022
The bomb left the driver injured, and the Asayish, North and East Syria’s Kurdish internal security forces, have initiated an investigation into the explosion, North Press reported.
The explosion in Kurdish-controlled Qamishlo occurred alongside on-going Turkish drone strikes in the region, attacks that are expected to imminently escalate into a full-scale ground incursion.
Turkey has renewed airstrikes against mainly-Kurdish held territories in northeast Syria over the last two weeks, arguing that Kurdish armed forces in Syria pose a security threat. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) controlling the Kurdish-held areas of North and East Syria have denied any involvement in the recent Istanbul attack, which Ankara used as a pretext to initiate its latest cross- border operation.
Ankara’s latest offensive has caused civilian deaths and damaged the region’s already weak infrastructure.
The Asayish said that the Turkish occupation did not suffice with destabilising security in the region, but also targeted service and civil institutions, “planting terrorist cells to carry out criminal operations against our people,” reported Hawar News Agency.
The UN’s Special Envoy to Syria recently urged de-escalation throughout the autonomous region to protect against civilian casualties.