The terrorist attack in Afrin central market on Tuesday has killed at least 40 people, including children, and caused injury to at least as many civilians.
The European Union offers its most sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the many wounded.
Such intolerable acts of terrorism can never be justified. Those responsible must be held accountable.
The European Union reiterates its support for a full nationwide ceasefire as called for by the UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen. The only path to stability is a credible and inclusive UN-facilitated political solution in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015).