Explosions in north Syria near Turkish border: State TV

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Explosions were heard in northern Syria near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus, close to the Turkish border, state-run Ikhbariya TV reported on Friday.

The blasts hit local oil refineries in the area, which is controlled by Turkey and allied rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said missile strikes caused the blasts and at least one person was killed and 10 others injured.

The White Helmets rescue workers, known officially as Syria Civil Defence, said rocket shelling caused a fire in Jarablus and shared footage of flames and black smoke rising around the cameraman.

There was no official Turkish comment on the incident so far.

Earlier, Syrian state news agency SANA reported Turkish forces and allied fighters shelled houses in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies seized territory in the region in an offensive in 2019 against the Kurdish YPG militia which holds swathes of north and east Syria.

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the PKK inside its own borders.

The YPG forms the military backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance which defeated ISIS in northeast Syria with the help of US air power.

- With Reuters

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