At least eight people were killed by a car bomb on Sunday in Afrin in northwest Syria.
More than 20 people were injured in two blasts at a vegetable market.
The town is at the center of disputes between Turkey, Syria’s rebels, and Kurdish forces. It was taken in March by a Turkish-rebel force from the Kurdish militia YPG.
Outlets supporting the Turkish Government are blaming the YPG, and a pro-YPG account has said the bombing targeted a rebel faction.
الانفجار الذي حصل قبل قليل في #عفرين استهدف مقر مرتزقة الجبهة الشامية التابعة للاحتلال التركي.#شبكة_نشطاء_عفرين
The bombing that took place today in #Afrin targeted the headquarters of mercenaries of the Shami Front of the Turkish occupation.#Afrin_Activists_Network pic.twitter.com/ndm5xwAL4Y
— afrin activists (@afrinactivists) December 16, 2018
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said this week that an offensive on YPG positions, both east and west of the Euphrates River, is imminent. Turkish forces and YPG fighters have clashed near the border.
The Turkish-rebel force took almost all of Afrin canton from the YPG this spring.
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) December 16, 2018
#Syria: for 1st time since bombings started in N. Aleppo, #YPG-linked "Wrath of Olive" claims resp. for car bomb in #Afrin market. "Brave method, 25 fighters+settlers (mostly ppl from Damascus) killed". But most casualties are civilians & half from Afrin. https://t.co/eI6lCVf3Go pic.twitter.com/6QG8o6cUXi
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) December 16, 2018