Vehicle bombing kills 13 in Syria border town

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Car bomb explodes killing 13 at Turkey border

Turkey last month invaded northeastern Syria to push out Kurdish fighters, who it considers terrorists.

"Currently, the Turkish Armed Forces are being deployed to northeastern Syria".

A Syrian man stands next to a burning motorcycle at the site of a auto bomb explosion in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Tel Abyad, on the border with Turkey.

The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish militants for the attack, saying it harshly condemns it and called on the worldwide community to take a stance against this "cruel terror organization".

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 people were killed and that some of the victims were Turkish-backed militiamen.

"We are not a hotel for anybody's Daesh members", Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in Ankara, adding that countries like Britain and the Netherlands found "the easy way" out by making Islamic State members "stateless".

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In the German capital Berlin, the police said around 1,000 people protested to "stop the war" against the Kurds, while hundreds in Paris called for sanctions against Turkey.

Turkish troops on Friday began joint patrols with Russian forces.

The offensive was halted after Ankara agreed a five-day ceasefire with Washington, followed by a further deal struck with the Russians at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, allowing it to assume control over a 120km-long stretch of the border with Syria.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters inspect the site of a auto bomb explosion in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Tal Abyad, on the border with Turkey, November 2, 2019.

Turkey intends to set up a "safe zone" 30 kilometres deep, in which some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it is hosting could be resettled.

Despite Trump's understanding with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in early October on the main aims of the operation, some prominent American senators backed by Western media have lobbied to stop Ankara's efforts to dismantle the YPG in northern Syria.

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Turkey's defence ministry said at least 20 others were wounded by the blast.

American troops are pouring back to military bases in northeastern Syria which were evacuated by the US Army during Turkey's anti-terror operation.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, which includes the YPG, was not immediately available for comment.

USA troops on Friday also resumed patrols near oil fields in northeastern Syria after an intermission following the launch of Turkey's anti-terror Operation Peace Spring.

A humanitarian group has said one of its members from Myanmar working as a cameraman and medic has been killed by shelling in northeast Syria.

The Kurdish Hawar news agency said Turkish troops pounded Zirkan with artillery shells amid fierce fighting.

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