Death toll in Turkey up; Syria opposition blames Assad
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 01:31
May 13 - The death toll from the twin car bomb attack in Reyhanli on the Turkish-Syrian border rises to 49 as Syrian opposition leaders accuse the Syria government of involvement in the attack. Sunita Rappai reports.
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Crowds watch as Turkish rescue workers find three more bodies amongst the debris of a destroyed post office building in the border town of Reyhanli.
A double car bombing on Saturday in a busy shopping district here left dozens dead and wounded many more.
Turkey has accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out the attacks, a claim backed by the Syrian opposition on Monday.
Acting president of the Syrian National Coaltion, George Sabra, blamed President Bashar al-Assad's 'murderous regime' for the bombings - a claim Damascus denies.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING PRESIDENT OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION AND CHAIRMAN OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL GEORGE SABRA, SAYING:
"It's very clear this is a part of the nature of Syrian regime. All countries in the region, all people in the region, know exactly this fact."
Meanwhile British Prime Minister David Cameron, in Washington to meet President Barack Obama, said Britain was trying to build strength among the democratic Syrian opposition - AND:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON SAYING:
"We are pushing for a proper peace process. That's what my trip to Russia was about. That is what my visit here is about. Bringing the world together to get a peaceful transition in Syria. That would be good for everybody."
The bombings took place amid renewed efforts to try to end the conflict in Syria after Moscow and Washington announced joint efforts to bring government and rebels to an international conference as soon as possible.
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