At least nine civilians were killed and 30 others were wounded today due
to a blast near the Cilvegozu border gate on the Turkish Syrian border,
in the southern province of Hatay's Reyhanl? district.
Mayor Huseyin Shanverdi told the CNNTurk news channel that nine people
were killed and five of them were Syrian nationals. He said the blast
occurred in a car carrying a Syrian plate.
The headman of the Cilvegozu village, Mahmut Iri, also said it was a car bomb carrying a Syrian plate.
Nevzat Cicek, a journalist
who was at the Cilvegozu border gate at the time of the explosion, told
the private Kanal 24 news channel that some wounded people were taken
to the hospitals on the Syrian side and the detah toll could increase.
Korkmaz, the regional customs manager in charge of Cilvegozu border
gate, told the TRT that the explosion occurred in the buffer zone where
the humanitarian aid for the Syrian people were processed.
15 vehicles, some of them carrying the humanitarian aid to the Syrians
affected by the ongoing civil war in the country, were also damaged. A
fire started with the explosion and firemen were dispatched to the