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Car bomb outside mosque in Homs kills 14: Syria TV

Syrian rescue workers gesture as they stand on a damaged street following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari, in the southwest of the city, on April 15, 2014. AFP/BARAA AL-HALABI

BEIRUT: A car bomb in the central city of Homs killed 14 people Friday, Syrian state television reported.

The blast occurred in front of Bilal Al-Habshi mosque in Akrama neighborhood as worshipers were leaving after Friday prayers, pro-regime Al-Mayadeen television said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime British-based monitoring group, confirmed the blast and said that ‘violent clashes’ between opposition armed brigades and President Bashar Assad’s forces were still ongoing in Old Homs

The bombing came hours after Al-Mayadeen said the Syrian army advanced in the old quarter of the city called Old Homs, seizing several buildings in Wadi Al-Sayeh, including St. George church.

On Thursday, members of the U.N. Security Council expressed concern over the plight of civilians caught in the fighting in Old Homs, Joy Ogwu the council’s president said, urging “the immediate implementation” of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access in Syria.

 

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