At least 46 people were killed in a blast at a crowded street in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Tuesday, local media reported.
Another 50 people were wounded in the attack blamed on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia. Photos released online showed firefighters battling to contain the fire amid gutted buildings and rescue workers carrying charred bodies away from the scene on makeshift stretchers.
“The enemy of humanity PKK/YPG has once again targeted innocent civilians in Afrin,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement.
The attack at the town, which was seized by Turkish forces more than two years ago, was one of the deadliest to hit a region under the control of Turkish-backed forces.
The US has since condemned the attack that claimed “the lives of dozens of people shopping in the central market as they prepared to break the Ramadan fast.”
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said initial reports indicate many victims were civilians, including children.