Twin car bombs in Syria's Homs kill at least 21 people

BEIRUT Wed Apr 9, 2014 1:46pm EDT

Cars burn after two car bombs at Karm al-Louz neighbourhood in Homs city, April 9, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Cars burn after two car bombs at Karm al-Louz neighbourhood in Homs city, April 9, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 21 people including women and children were killed by twin car bombs in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state media said.

The explosions went off in the Karam al-Loz area of Homs, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, and the death toll was expected to rise because over 100 people were wounded, some seriously.

Syrian state news agency SANA put the death toll at 25, saying it included women and children. It said 107 people were wounded, including one of the agency's photographers.

Quoting an unnamed local source, SANA said the first bomb went off near a sweets store on a busy street, followed by a second one in the same district about half an hour later.

The explosions "caused heavy damage to citizens' property, homes, stores and cars in the neighbourhood," it said.

The Observatory, an anti-Assad group that monitors violence on both sides through a network of sources in Syria, said the area was inhabited largely by Alawites, the Shi'ite Islam-derived sect of President Bashar al-Assad. It put the death toll at 21.

The rebels fighting to overthrow Assad are overwhelmingly Sunni.

A blast in Homs on Sunday killed at least 29 rebels, including two field commanders, the Observatory said at the time.

Syria's conflict has killed over 150,000 people and forced millions more to flee their homes.

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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carlmartel wrote:
Whether the death toll was 21 or 25, it included women and children because the rebels set off their first bomb near a candy shop. The anti-Assad rebels, that the US and EU support, knew that women and children would be victims, and they were anti-Assad rebels because they attacked an Alawite area of Homs. Fortunately for the US and NATO, President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov have kept the US and NATO out of THIS carnage.

Putin and Lavrov saved 9,000 US lives and 66,000 US wounded troops, many with lost limbs, because the presence of western forces would have spread the war to Lebanon and Iraq for twice the conflict that Iraq was. Russia proposed destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, a poor land’s atomic bombs, and the process continues despite problems with the war that does not always respect timetables. Thank you, President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov.

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