The Syrian regime blamed “terrorist” bomb-makers for an explosion that ripped through a building and killed more than a dozen people in the restive city of Hama, where hostility to President Bashar al-Assad runs deep.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based anti-Assad organisation tracking the 13-month-old conflict in which at least 9,000 people have died, gave the same death toll but said the cause of Wednesday afternoon’s blast was not clear.
Local coordination committees of Syria, a network of grassroots opposition groups, said earlier that an army rocket had caused the carnage and put the death toll at more than 50.
The Syrian government bars most independent media from the country, making it hard to verify events on the ground. More amateur videos said to be from Homs and Douma showed buildings and vehicles burned and wrecked. The top corner of one multi-storey building had collapsed.
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- Conflicting Claims On Cause And Death Toll After Explosion In Syria (npr.org)
- Syria blames rebels for massive blast in Hama (independent.co.uk)
- Blast kills dozens in Syrian city (latimesblogs.latimes.com)