Syria: Car Bomb Kills At Least 17, Wounds Over 40 In Aleppo


At least 17 people were killed and over 40 wounded after a car loaded with explosives went off in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Sunday night, state-run SANA news agency reported.

According to the agency, the blast occurred in the al-Malab al-Baladi neighborhood near al-Hayat Hospital and the Central Hospital. The powerful explosion also damaged a nearby elementary school and other buildings.

Aleppo has been the scene of heavy fighting since mid-July, when rebel forces launched an all-out assault to overrun Syria’s commercial hub. The rebels say their goal is to turn Aleppo into a “Syrian Benghazi,” a reference to an opposition stronghold in north-eastern Libya during last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.


Since it began with demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in March 2011, the Syrian conflict has escalated into a full-scale civil war that has claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to estimates by various Syrian opposition groups.

Ria Novosti

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