Men rescue a boy from under the rubble after what activists said was explosive barrels dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo April 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Nearly 30 Syrian rebels including two field commanders were killed by a huge blast in Homs Sunday, as the capital saw heavy fighting, airstrikes and a mortar attack against its heavily defended center that killed two people at the Damascus Opera House.The Observatory said Sunday that five civilians, including three children, were killed in regime airstrikes on the town of Douma northeast of Damascus. Six rebels were killed in clashes with government troops in the suburb of Daraya, while government troops maintained a heavy bombardment of locations in the mountainous Qalamoun region north of the capital.Warplanes The explosion in Homs resulted from a car that exploded in the city's chicken market, near a police base, according to the Observatory, which added that the death toll of 29 fighters was expected to rise. The blast took place on the outskirts of the Old City of Homs, which is under rebel control.Three mortar bombs fired by rebels struck the city of Latakia, causing material damage, the Observatory said.
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