"To displace true owners of the land and to settle Syrian refugees in Turkey to their homes in NE Syria, Turkish army and its proxies are now creating chaos in Tal Abyad by explosions targeting civilians", said Mustafa Bali. Turkey's Defense Ministry blamed the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the group it targeted when it sent troops over the border October 9.
On Oct 9, days after President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull out U.S. troops, Turkey and allied Syrian rebels launched a cross-border offensive and seized control of Tel Abyad and some 120 km of land along the frontier.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition said its forces are transiting on routes near the border as Washington "withdraws troops from northern Syria and repositions some troops to the Deir Ezzor region", near the border with Iraq. The YPG had for years been allied to the United States in the fight against Islamic State.
"Based on first findings, 13 civilians were killed and around 20 others injured" in the explosion in the northeastern town of Tal Ayab, Turkey's defense ministry said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, thousands of Syrian Kurds marched in the streets to protest what they view as a Turkish invasion.
Earlier on Saturday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Christian fighters will now oversee security in a northern Syrian region that has witnessed fighting between Turkey-backed troops and Kurdish-led militiamen.
Turkey's government blamed the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the "inhuman attack". Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist group because of its ties to PKK Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey.
Doha acted in defiance of the Arab League last month when it voiced support for the Turkish operation against Kurdish forces in north-east Syria.
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. A auto bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey Saturday killing over a dozen of people, Turkey's defense ministry said.
He added the "heinous attack" proves that Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria is right and timely. The town was captured last month by Turkish forces.
Russian Federation is the Syrian government's most powerful ally and helped it turn the tables in the country's eight-and-half-year civil war by retaking much of the country from rebels since 2015.