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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:40 AM

Large blast hits Aleppo neighborhood in Syria: TV

Source: Reuters

A large blast hit a neighborhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday and caused several casualties, state television said. It was unclear who was behind the attack.

Syria TV said the explosion had been caused by a rocket fired by a "terrorist group" - a term it frequently uses to describe rebels in the 22-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

But opposition groups said Assad's forces were behind the blast, which hit the Muhafaza Sakaniya neighborhood in a western district of the city.

Video from state television showed the side of a building collapsed into rubble that spilled into nearby streets. A crowd sifted through the wreckage as medics pulled bloodied bodies onto stretchers.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-syria-crisis-blast-idUSBRE90H0KA20130118

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