United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “heinous” deadly attacks on Syrian Kurds celebrating the new year Nowruz festival in northeastern Syria.
“Initial reports suggest that two separate bombings killed and injured up to 100 persons, including women and children” in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah on Friday, the UN secretary general said in a statement following the attacks.
The first attack targeted Syrian Kurds in provincial capital city of Hasakah, killing more than 33 people and wounding several others. A separate bombing injured dozens of people at another Nowruz celebration.
“These heinous attacks took place during a holiday that is customarily a time for Kurdish communities to come together to share their hopes for the new year,” Ban added.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of the assaults was carried out by a bomber who belonged to the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group
Ban further condemned the ISIL group, saying the terrorist organization seeks to incite sectarian and ethnic division among Syria’s diverse communities and it must not be allowed to succeed.
The ISIL Takfiri group controls parts of Hasakah province, although Hasakah city remains in the hands of the of the Syrian Kurds.
Kurdish fighters have been fighting ISIL for months in battles that have left hundreds dead.
The Takfiri extremists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and the beheading of people.