Syrian Kurds have blamed Turkey for creating the conditions that led to a blast that killed at least 46 people the day before in a Syrian town controlled by Turkish-backed rebels.
On Tuesday, a booby-trapped fuel tanker exploded in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, which is controlled by Turkish troops and their allied rebel groups. At least 50 people were also injured.
So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Council on Wednesday accused Turkey of helping “terrorist organisations” to regroup so they can launch such attacks, a reference to the Islamic State militant group.
“We confirm that the Turkish occupation, relying on the factions that embrace terrorist thought, has opened the door wide open for the terrorist forces to organise their ranks and carry out cowardly acts under Turkish protection,” the council said in a statement.
Syrian Kurds have played a major role in fighting Islamic State in Syria.
“We in the council condemn and denounce this cowardly terrorist act that targeted innocent civilians and threatens the remaining sons of Afrin to move and leave their villages and cities,” it added.
The governor of the neighbouring Turkish province of Hatay said on Tuesday evening that the person who brought the truck was captured, but gave no details.
The mainly Kurdish enclave of Afrin was captured by the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebel fighters during an offensive in 2018.
The SDF is mainly led by the People’s Protection Units, which Ankara considers to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a designated terrorist group fighting an insurgency on Turkish soil.
Originally published as Syrian Kurds blame Turkey for tanker blast