Explosion in Syrian city of Homs kills 40: monitoring group

BEIRUT Thu Aug 1, 2013 12:45pm EDT

1 of 5. A still image taken from video posted on the Internet by opposition activists shows what they say is a ball of fire rising after an explosion in the central Syrian city of Homs on August 1, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Forty people were killed and at least 120 people were wounded in an explosion at a weapons cache in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, a group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad said.

The explosion occurred in the south-eastern district of Wadi al-Dhahab, which the army has taken over, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The group has a network of sources in the opposition and state security forces.

The Observatory said the casualties were soldiers and civilians and that some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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kurdstaat wrote:
The culprits are the US allies.
Yet another act of terror by the axis of evil the NATO, Turks and Sunni Arabs.

Aug 01, 2013 2:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
The explosion occurred in a “weapons cache”, and it was probably rebel ammunition. It was probably not as well secured nor handled as properly as ammunition held by the regular army. However, it is uncertain if it exploded as a result of booby traps left behind by the rebels or if firing by rebels or the army caused the explosion.

In any case, the US and NATO are supporting al Qaeda and other Sunni islamic insurgents in the current Syrian Civil War. Another war against Israel will follow a rebel victory. The insurgents will use growing infiltration of Israel and surrounding areas to strike the Israelis. The strategy will be to bleed the Israeli economy and its population until the country is bankrupt and its people are forced to live most of their lives in concrete bunkers. An Assad victory will restore the long truce between Syria and Israel.

Aug 01, 2013 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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