BLAST KILLS DOZENS, CAUSE UN­KNOWN

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

An ex­plo­sion in north­ern Syria killed at least 36 peo­ple Sun­day and wounded many oth­ers, but the cause of the blast wasn’t im­me­di­ately known, op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said.

The op­po­si­tion-run Syr­ian Civil De­fence, first re­spon­ders also known as the White Hel­mets, said the blast oc­curred in the vil­lage of Sar­mada near the Turk­ish bor­der. 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 39, in­clud­ing 21 women and chil­dren. An op­po­si­tion me­dia col­lec­tive said the dead in­cluded civil­ians as well as mem­bers of the al-Qaida-linked Le­vant Lib­er­a­tion Com­mit­tee.

The Ob­ser­va­tory said an arms de­pot in the base­ment of a build­ing had det­o­nated.

SYR­IAN CIVIL DE­FENSE WHITE HEL­METS VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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