Multiple missile attacks near hit oil refineries in north Syria, 1 dead

A series of missile attacks near oil facilities ignited major blazes in northern Syria near the Turkish border and killed one person on Friday.

Explosions rocked oil refineries near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus and set off large fires, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Anadolu said they were ballistic missiles and it was not clear who carried out the attacks.

In Syria, Russia is a main supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government while Turkey backs a handful of opposition factions.

Turkey has carried out three major forays into north-eastern Syria since 2016 to drive away Kurdish fighters and the armed group ISIL (ISIS) from the border area.

In 2019, it sent in troops to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers “terrorists” from the area and to create a “safe zone” where it hoped to resettle refugees.

Turkey halted the offensive following separate deals with the United States and Russia that promised the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia.