At least 69 killed as explosion destroys two five-storey buildings in Sarmada, Syria

August 13, 2018 | By | Reply More

An explosion in northern Syria has killed at least 69 people and wounded many others, but the cause of the blast is not immediately known, opposition activists say.

syriaThe White Helmets, first responder rescue workers also known as Syria Civil Defence, said the blast occurred in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border on Sunday (local time).

The explosion collapsed two five-storey buildings, burying many of the victims, it said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 69, including 17 children.

An opposition media collective known as the Smart news agency said the dead included civilians as well as members of the Al Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

Meanwhile, Syrian Government forces fighting rebels in Idlib province have sent more reinforcements ahead of a potential offensive on the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

The pro-government Al-Watan daily said huge military reinforcements had reached the outskirts of Idlib province as a preliminary step to launch a wide-scale offensive.

Quoting military sources, the paper said that troops had reached the northern countryside of the neighbouring Hama province as part of military preparations to recapture Idlib province.

The expected offensive on Idlib comes after Government forces captured major rebel strongholds earlier this year near the capital Damascus and in the southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra.

The paper said that the battle would be “comprehensive”, starting from Hama’s northern countryside to the southern countryside of Aleppo, adding that the target of the battle is to seize Idlib City.

Government airstrikes on the province on Friday killed dozens.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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