Residents still grapple with fallout of Syria war a year after attack

HATAY (CIHAN)- Locals are commemorating loved ones lost in a devastating attack that ravaged the border town of ReyhanlI last year on May 11, leaving 53 dead and more than 100 wounded, a stark reminder of the challenges that the prolonged Syrian conflict poses for neighboring countries.

Hundreds of people flocked to graveyards on the first anniversary of the twin car bomb attack that ultimately altered life in ReyhanlI, a district of the southern province of Hatay, which has been overwhelmed by the unceasing flow of refugees.

Nearly 80,000 Syrians are accommodated here. Most were concerned that the attack would leave its mark on intra-communal relations, raising the specter of social tension. A year after the bloody bombings, however, most fears have appeared unfounded with common sense prevailing among people.

Despite numerous attempts to reveal the perpetrators, Turkish officials have yet to find out who was behind the attacks. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan laid blame on the Bashar al-Assad regime, while a radical Syrian opposition group battling Assad claimed responsibility for the attack.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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