Friday, February 10, 2012

Free Syrian Army denies responsiblity for explosions in Aleppo

On of the sites of the blasts in Aleppo. 

The Free Syrian Army denies responsibility for two deadly bombings in Syria's second largest city Aleppo, according to a French news channel. Syrian state television says 25 people died in the explosions, which targeted the Military Security Branch and headquarters of law enforcement forces in the city.
It said the death toll, which included civilians and members of the security forces, was based on preliminary information but gave no further details. The number of wounded was said to be 175.
Early in the morning Colonel Arif Hamood of the Free Syrian Army, talking to FRANCE 4 claimed responsibility for the two blasts. However a message posted on the group's Facebook site later on denied they had planted the bombs, which killed at least two dozen people.
"The Free Syrian Army denies any connection or involvement with the bombing in Aleppo," the statement said.
 Friday's blasts were the biggest since two suicide bombings in the capital Damascus, one of which killed 44 people in December and the second 26 people in January.
More than 80 people were killed in Syria Thursday, most of them in a new regime blitz on the city of Homs, an attack US President Barack Obama decried as "outrageous bloodshed".
Shelling erupted at daybreak, killing more than 50 civilians in the besieged central city and burning several bodies beyond recognition, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Troops trying to crush opponents of President Bashar al-Assad have killed at least 400 people in a relentless six-day onslaught on Homs, opposition activists say.
"The shells are raining down on us and regime forces are using heavy artillery," said Ali Hazuri, a doctor in the Baba Amr district reached by telephone from BeiruTanks stormed a neighborhood in the flashpoint city near the Lebanese border on Friday morning as soldiers launched a house-to-house sweep of the area, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"The tanks entered the neighborhood of Inshaat overnight," the Observatory's Rami Abdulrahman said.
Inshaat is next to the protest hub of Baba Amr in Homs, which has been subjected to a bombardment by regime forces since Saturday that has killed several hundred people, activists say.
Abdel Rahman said that the government forces were in the main streets of Inshaat, while tanks were firing on Baba Amr from a bridge positioned between the two neighborhoods.

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