Twin Blasts Killed 16 killed in Syria

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Damascus: Twin explosions in a government controlled neighborhood of Syria’s Homs city killed at least 16 people and wounded scores more on Saturday, a group monitoring the war said.

The blasts come days after the government extended its control of western city with the implementation of a truce deal in Waer, the last insurgent-held area of Homs. Some fighters and civilians have left Waer, and aid was allowed in.

A vehicle bomb detonated close to a hospital in the mainly Alawite neighborhood of al-Zahra in the east of Homs city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The second large blast, originally suspected to have been a bomb, appeared to have come from an exploding gas canister and wounded people who had come to tend to victims of the first explosion in the densely-populated neighborhood, state media said.

Local media reported that the vehicle bomb had been packed with 150 kg of explosives. It published a photo of two men carrying a woman away from burning wreckage.

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