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June 20, 2014

Syria: Car Bomb Near Hama Kills Dozens

by VOA News

Syrian state media say a car bomb blast has killed at least 34 people in a government-controlled area near the central city of Hama.
 
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.
 
Car bombings have become commonplace in Syria's civil war, which began in 2011. More than 150,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and about 2.5 million Syrians have fled abroad.