Syria Blast Shakes Hama as Troops’ Shelling Kills at Least 30
A large explosion occurred in Syria’s province of Hama, while heavy shelling by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 30 people today in several parts of the country.
Troops clashed with rebels near the town of Nasib along the border with Jordan, the Associated Press reported. Jordan’s border guards arrested militants early today after an exchange of gunfire, the state-run Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who was appointed to revive the UN’s peace effort in Syria, said in an interview with Al Arabiya television on Sept. 20 that the crisis could spread regionally if the bloodshed isn’t contained. More than 26,000 people have died since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In Aleppo, at least five people were killed as government troops shelled buildings, with the number of deaths expected to increase as bodies are recovered from the ruins, the UK-based activist group said in an e-mail today. Troops also shelled the towns of Deir al-Zour and Daraa while assaults in Idlib, the Damascus suburbs and Hama left scores of casualties, it said.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported today that troops destroyed one of the headquarters of “terrorists” in Aleppo, killing 20 people and injuring 10.