31 Syrian soldiers killed in bomb attack: monitoring group

BEIRUT Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:40pm EST

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thirty one Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in bomb attack at a government building in a town on the outskirts of the capital, a monitoring group that documents Syrian battlefield developments said.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the building in Harasta was completely leveled by the explosion.

"Only the night staff were on duty when the explosion occurred. If the bomb had gone off an hour before, there could have been up to 200 dead," he said by the telephone.

He said others were wounded but the death toll was unlikely to rise.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in a civil war that started two and a half years ago when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad opened fire on protests demanding an end to four decades of Assad family rule.

In recent weeks, the army and pro-Assad militia have taken ground in the north and opposition fighters have resorted to bomb attacks and mortar strikes into government-held territory, including the capital.

Harasta is mostly in government hands but rebels have been trying since summer 2012 to advance into it.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (5)
RiffakLedifni wrote:
Down with the Syrian Arab Army!

Nov 17, 2013 4:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheTruth111 wrote:
hahahahahahahahhahaahahahhahaha. Good.

Nov 17, 2013 5:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kurdstaat wrote:
The terroristic world order that NATO imposed on the Middle East is showing signs of cracking. Syria must fall apart because it should have never exited as a State in the first place. Syria is the result of the Western strategy of divide and conquer in its extreme form.

Syria will fall apart because a Syrian nation does not exist. Moreover the nations that inhabit in the Syrian State don’t even consider themselves Syrian. Kurds want to secede from all Arabs and Turks. Arabs Shiite and Arab Sunnis also don’t get along with each other.

The Just thing to do would be to divide Syria into three States. Kurdish State, and two Arab States separating the Sunni from Alawaites.

Nov 17, 2013 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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