At least 18 people were killed and at least 75 injured on Tuesday, October 6, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) blast occurred near a bus station in Al-Bab (Aleppo province). The injured have been taken to local hospitals. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the near term. Further attacks in the region are possible over the near term.
The Syrian Civil War - which began in 2011 - involves many parties, including the Syrian government, the Russian government, the Iranian government, the Turkish government, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups on the ground (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.
Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country completely.
Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.
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