Turkey: Tax office blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

Posted February 04, 2018

Thousands of Kurds protested on Saturday outside the Council of Europe in Strasbourg over Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria.

Police and firefighters work at the scene of a bomb attack at a tax office at the residential and business district of Cukurambar, in Ankara, Turkey, late Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The incursion has opened up another front in the long-running Syrian conflict, now stretching into its seventh year.

Turkey: Tax office blast caused by bomb, attacker killed
Turkey: Tax office blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

"The Turkish government should issue standard instructions to the border guards at all crossing points that lethal force must not be used against asylum seekers and no asylum seeker is to be mistreated, but should be given access to medical aid when required", HRW said.

The YPG militants attacks on civilian areas come amid the Turkish military operation in Afrin, northwestern Syria, near the border. Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist" group.

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Turkey is home to more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world, hosting around 3.5 million, according to Human Rights Watch. "We have given the necessary response instantly, and we continue to do so", Yildirim said.

One Turkish soldier was killed in clash with YPG militants in Syria's Afrin as part of the "Operation Olive Branch" which was started on January 20 to remove YPG and ISIL militants from the region.

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Turkish General Staff on Saturday informed that around 900 terrorists were "neutralised" in an operation against the insurgents in Syria's Afrin region.

He also said Turkey was aware of some neighboring countries' unhappiness over the role Turkey was playing in Syria.

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