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Site of the Blast near Aleppo (SANA)
Site of the Blast near Aleppo (SANA)

Syria: Gov. reported Blast near Aleppo, as Opposition mount death tolls

(DP-News - agencies)
SYRIA- Syrian official media outlets on Sunday reported "Two terrorists killed in explosive device blast in Aleppo Countryside, 3 other explosive devices were dismantled in Idleb."

SANA official news agency said " Two terrorists on Sunday killed in explosion of an explosive device they were trying to plant near Tal Erin site, 20-km east of Aleppo."

" Authorities in Hama province arrested the terrorist as hundred citizens who were misled and got involved in the recent events in the country and whose hands are clean of Syrian blood turned themselves in and surrendered their weapons in to the authorities in Hama." SANA added.

Outside the country, Syria's main opposition group said nearly 800 people have been killed in violence across the country in the past week which saw some of the bloodiest violence in the 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad`s regime.

In the latest episode, activists said dozens of people were killed and wounded in a powerful explosion Saturday evening that hit a funeral procession in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. Details of the blast in Zamalka remain murky, but amateur videos showed gruesome images of bodies, some with their limbs torn, lying on the ground as people walked about dazed in a cloud of smoke.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 30 people were killed, while the Local Coordination Committees activist network said it had documented the names of 40 of the dead and that residents were unable to identify an unknown number of remaining bodies.

Activists blamed government forces for the explosion, which they said was likely the result of a car bomb detonated near a mosque where the funeral of an activist killed earlier by regime gunmen was being held.

International press reports keep indicating that death tolls are virtually impossible to verify in tightly-controlled Syria, which imposes severe restrictions on journalists.

Also on Sunday, Turkey scrambled its jets days after it said it would treat any Syrian military unit approaching its border as a direct threat in response to the downing of a Turkish reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces on June 22.

Turkey has also reinforced its border with anti-aircraft guns and other weapons. The military said the helicopters flew as close as 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) to the Turkish border.

The cross-border tensions and the mounting death toll have added urgency to the diplomatic efforts at an international conference over the weekend aimed at stopping the bloodshed.

Earlier on Saturday, the UN conference in Geneva accepted U.N.-brokered plan calling for creation of a transitional national unity government in Syria.

But at Russia's insistence, the compromise agreement left the door open to President Bashar al-Assad being part of the interim administration. It could also include members of Assad's government and the opposition and other groups. It would oversee the drafting of a new constitution and elections.
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