Car Bombing Kills 43 In Syria

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Update: Death toll rises to 43.

Damascus: An explosion in the busy centre of a rebel-held town near Syria’s border with Turkey caused deaths and wounded dozens on Saturday, a monitor, local resident and rebel group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 19 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the blast in front of a courthouse in the northern Syrian town of Azaz.

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Dozens more had severe injuries, the Britain-based war monitor said. A resident and the opposition-affiliated Aleppo Media Centre said the death toll was around 20 and the explosion was thought to have been caused by a car bomb.

The Britain-based group said six rebels were among the dead, but most were believed to be civilians, adding that dozens of people had also been injured in the latest blast to hit the town near the Turkish border.

ISIS is present elsewhere in Aleppo province and has sought to advance on Azaz in the past. The blast comes as a fragile ceasefire is being observed across much of Syria.