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Eight killed in bomb blast near Syrian hospital

Published 12/12/2015 | 11:41

Syrian civilians in a bus convoy leave the Waer neighbourhood of the central city of Homs (AP)
Syrian civilians in a bus convoy leave the Waer neighbourhood of the central city of Homs (AP)

At least eight people have been killed in a car bomb blast in a government-held area of the Syrian city of Homs.

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State news agency Sana said the blast also left 25 people injured, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts that figure higher at 35.

Sana and the Observatory said the blast occurred near a hospital in the Zahra neighbourhood, adding that the explosion caused significant property damage.

The blast came days after hundreds of rebels and their families left Waer, the last opposition-held neighbourhood of Homs, as part of a local truce that will bolster government control of the city.

The Observatory said trucks carrying aid entered Waer on Saturday as part of the truce.

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