Syria car blast kills dozens

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People gather around a crater in Hama city June 20, 2014. SANA / Reuters
A car bomb in Syria\’s western Hama province killed 34 and wounded more than 50, Syria\’s state news agency SANA said on Friday, blaming the attack on rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The SANA news agency said Friday in a short dispatch that another 50 people were wounded in the explosion in al-Hurra village.
 
It quoted police as saying that "terrorists blew up a truck loaded with about 3 tons of explosives, which caused the destruction of a large number of houses in the village."
 
Syrian authorities use the term "terrorists" to refer to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashir al-Assad.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed Friday\’s attack, but said 37 were killed and more than 40 wounded. The Britain-based rights group said the death toll was likely to rise, as many were seriously hurt in the pre-dawn bombing
 
The Islamic Front rebel coalition claimed responsibility for the attack, saying on Twitter that it was targeting a gathering of government militants.
The fighting escalated into a war that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people. The United Nations says 2.8 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries to escape the conflict, while 6.5 million others are displaced within Syria.
Source –  Agencies

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