Explosions Shake Syria’s Al-Bab and Afrin

Two bomb blasts rocked Syria on Tuesday (11/24). Several casualties occurred and dozens were injured.

People inspecting the scene of a car bomb in the city of al-Bab in Syria’s Aleppo Governorate, November 24 2020. (AFP / Bakr Alkasem)

ACTNews, Al-BAB, AFRIN - Two bomb blasts rocked Syria’s Al-Bab and Afrin Cities on Tuesday (11/24). A number of residents were killed and dozens were injured as a result of this explosion.

Local police said initially the explosion occurred on the outskirts of Al-Bab city, north of Aleppo. The blast caused by an explosive-laden car killed 5 and wounded 20.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene to extinguish the flames and wounded civilians were transferred to the hospital in al-Bab. "Car-bombs and IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) remain a deadly scourge in Syria, killing at least 132 civilians, including 35 women and children, and injuring 461 this year alone," deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, Mark Cutts said following the attack.

A bomb carried inside a car also rocked the city of Afrin, killing 3 and injuring 16.

A firefighter putting out the fire caused by the explosion. (AFP/Bakr Alkasem)

The UN, through Imran Riza as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi issued a joint statement to condemn the attack. “After more than nine years of crisis, vulnerable civilians living in Syria have already endured immense suffering. They must no longer be impacted by such horrific attacks,” says the statement.

The conflict not only results in casualties and injuries, but also the destruction of the Syrians’ livelihood. After nine years of armed conflict, more than 90 percent of Syria’s population lives under the US$2 per day. Poverty line and humanitarian needs are growing, said Akjemal Magtymova, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Syria. In addition, fewer than half of Syria’s public hospitals are functional, while half of the medical workforce has fled since the conflict began with those remaining facing a “pervasive threat of kidnapping and targeted killings”.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to work to deliver assistance to Syrian IDPs and refugees. Various kinds of humanitarian assistance have been given to the Syrians to support them. In mid-September, for example, bread loves were distributed to families and children in need. Assistance was also given to Syrian orphans, funded by the generosity of Indonesian people.

Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response - ACT reported that a thousand families received warm loaves from September 13 to 17, and 65 orphans received financial assistance. "In addition to the assistance that is given regularly, Insha Allah, ACT will also build briquette houses for the refugees," said Firdaus, Wednesday (9/16).

Apart from food and shelter, ACT also provides new Quran copies to children in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, including the cities of Idlib, Kafr Takhareem, Killi, Al Atarib, Kafr Nouran, and Darat Izza in early September. "We distributed 850 copies of the Quran to IDP children and students, especially those who are learning to memorize the Quran,” added Firdaus. He also invited the generous donors to give their best support through Indonesia Dermawan or to BNI Syariah account at 66 0000 9009 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap. []