Explosion Rocks Syrian City of Azaz During Ramadan Shopping Rush

Azaz, Syria – A devastating car bomb explosion rocked the bustling marketplace in the Syrian opposition city of Azaz, located in the northern Aleppo province. The incident, which occurred during the peak late-night shopping hours after residents had broken their fast as part of Ramadan activities, resulted in the tragic loss of at least seven lives and left 30 others injured.

Witnesses and rescue workers recount the horrific scene, describing heavy congestion in the market as the blast tore through the area, causing significant damage to shops, homes, vehicles, and motorcycles. The White Helmets, Syria’s Civil Defence forces, immediately sprang into action, treating the wounded and transporting the seriously injured to nearby hospitals.

Despite the chaos and devastation, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The city of Azaz, situated near the Turkish border, remains a stronghold for Syrian rebel groups supported by Turkey in their opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The region faces ongoing conflict and instability as various factions vie for control.

Notably, the YPG, or People’s Protection Units, a predominantly Kurdish armed group controlling extensive territories in Syria’s north and northeast regions, has been linked to previous attacks in the area. However, Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), classified as a terrorist organization by multiple countries, including the United States and the European Union.

Azaz has endured its share of violence and tragedy, with past incidents including deadly missile attacks and car bombings. The diverse population of the town, comprising Arabs and Kurds, reflects the complex dynamics at play in the region. Despite the challenges, the Syrian interim government, based in Azaz, continues to assert its authority as the legitimate governing body in the strife-torn nation.

As Syria remains embroiled in a protracted civil war that has lasted for over a decade, the resilience and courage of its people shine through in the face of adversity. The recent bombing in Azaz serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict’s toll on innocent civilians and the urgent need for sustainable peace and stability in the region.