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Deadly Blast Rocks Syrian City of Homs

FILE - Damaged buildings are seen in the besieged area of Homs, Syria.
FILE - Damaged buildings are seen in the besieged area of Homs, Syria.
VOA News
Syrian state television and a rights group say a car bomb in the central city of Homs has killed several people.

The state television report says 14 were killed when the blast erupted outside a mosque in a pro-government district the city. Worshippers were leaving the mosque after attending Friday prayers.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed at least nine deaths in the bombing, but the group warned the death toll could rise since many of the wounded are in critical condition.

The blast comes as government forces continue to advance in their offensive aimed at retaking rebel-held areas of Homs. Citizens there have seen heavy fighting over the last few days.
 
Activists say the Syrian conflict has killed more than 150,000 people since it began in March 2011.

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by: Anonymous
April 19, 2014 3:47 AM
Look at the photo of this news post, 90% damage by bashar al assad. The magnitude of the destruction in this photo had to of been done by aerial bombardment. Thousands and thousands of homes, businesses, and personal property destroyed in the image. This is Genocide and crimes against humanity in it's purest form, this is not the medieval times, this is 2014. These are very very serious crimes that assad must have to face and take full responsibility for. Something needs to be done ASAP to stop this.


by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
April 18, 2014 11:19 PM
Congulation to Saudi Arabia. Because of your presurre, USA started to give arms to World Famous Terrorist Group and this is the result that even Muslims are not safe to pray Friday important pray in mosque with comfort and piece of mind. This is called Saudi Wahabi Islam. Who feel pleasure to kill innocent people of 150,000/=,rape and kill girls and woman and all this in the name of ISLAM.ISLAM never teach us to kill innocent peoples,destroy their property,destroy all basic infra structure,create as much as possible problems for poor Syrian and once again all this in the name of ISLAM. Give me one example where Our Prophet kill innocent people or destroy their property or give money some one to kill and destroy property.If this is not the teaching of Our Prophet then from where SAUDI ARABIA imported this ISLAM with full of HUMAN BLOOD. Who gave them power to use the word JIHAD in SYRIAN CREATED WAR. I did not read this type of Jihad in any Islamic Book who teaches us to kill innocent peoples,destry their properties,force young girls to marry with MULLAS. God guide us not to misuse Islam for our personal goals.

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