Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Al-Bab, a town controlled by pro-Ankara forces in northern Syria, Sunday, Nov. 17. A civilian was killed, a war monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fatality occurred as people clamored to reach a man arrested on suspicion of involvement in a deadly attack that took place the previous day.
A car bomb killed 19 people Saturday, 13 of them civilians, when it struck a bus and taxi station in Al-Bab, around 30 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, the Observatory reported. Local police arrested a suspect after checking surveillance cameras at the site. He was taken to their headquarters with the intention of handing him over to the Turkish army, according to officials. This sparked anger among residents, prompting hundreds to protest outside police headquarters to demand the suspect be executed in Al-Bab. Some demonstrators attempted to force their way into the station.
Fighting reportedly intensified between Turkish-backed Syrian fighters and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces Sunday over a major highway and a strategic town in northeastern Syria.
Local news reported that Turkish military and allied Syrian militias continued shelling positions belonging to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a bid to control the town of Tal Tamr and the nearby M4 highway. (VOA/AFP)