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Turkey Bombs Towns in Northern Syria After Istanbul Blast

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A Turkish jet takes off to hot targets in northern Syria. Credit: Twitter/ Turkish Ministry of Defence

Turkey bombed towns in northern Syria on Saturday after Ankara blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) for last Sunday’s deadly bombing in central Istanbul.

Airstrikes hit several towns, including the city of Kobane, Kurdish-led forces and a Britain-based monitoring group have said.

Kobane, the city that defeated Isis, is subjected to bombardment by the aircraft of the Turkish occupation,” tweeted Farhad Shami, a spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

He added that two villages densely populated with displaced people were among the areas targeted. According to Shami, the bombardment had resulted in “deaths and injuries.”

Turkey considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main component of the SDF, an extension of the outlawed PKK.

Kobane, a Kurdish-majority town in northern Syria near the Turkish border, was captured by the Islamic State group in late 2014, though Kurdish fighters drove them out early the following year.

Turkey blames Syria-based Kurds for the Istanbul attack

Both the PKK and the YPG have denied any involvement in the Istanbul attack in which six people were killed.

At least six people were killed, and eighty-one others were wounded. President Erdogan of Turkey called it a “treacherous attack” that had the “smell of terrorism.”

Süleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minister, has said Ankara believes the order for the attack was given from Kobane.

“The hour of reckoning has come,” the Turkish defense ministry said in a tweet early on Sunday.

The tweet was accompanied by a picture of a plane taking off for a night operation, but no location was specified.

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