BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility utilized by Turkey-backed opposition forces in northern Syria seems to have sparked fires throughout a big space the place oil tankers are usually parked, satellite tv for pc pictures present.
Syrian opposition teams and at the least one struggle monitor blamed Russia for the strike Friday evening close to the cities of Jarablus and al-Bab, close to the border with Turkey. In a report, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, primarily based in Britain, stated Russian warships within the Mediterranean had fired three missiles that struck primitive oil refineries and tanker vehicles within the area.
Opposition activists stated the strike killed one individual and wounded 10 others.
Satellite tv for pc pictures by Planet Labs Inc. analyzed by The Related Press on Sunday confirmed a fireplace that tore by way of an space close to Jarablus between Friday and Saturday morning.
Previous satellite tv for pc photographs of the location, some 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of the Syrian metropolis of Aleppo, confirmed tons of of tanker vehicles gathered within the space.
A picture from Saturday confirmed char marks throughout the whole space the place the vehicles as soon as have been. NASA’s fireplace satellite tv for pc monitoring, which watches for flashes related to blazes or explosions, confirmed fires on the website within the early morning hours of Saturday.
The studies of missiles fired from a Russian warship — a uncommon prevalence — couldn’t be independently verified and Russia, which is a important supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad within the nation’s 10-year civil struggle, has not commented on the accusations.
Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news company reported they have been ballistic missiles, however stated it was not clear who carried out the assaults.
Turkey and allied Syrian opposition fighters management massive components of northern Syria.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.