Syrian citizens and security forces gather at site where a car bomb has exploded near a school, at al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province, Syria, Thursday Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)
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A powerful car bomb exploded near a school in a central province Thursday, killing at least 16 people and causing massive damage to a residential area, Syrian state media and an opposition watchdog said.The explosion occurred amid continuing infighting in northern Syria between rebel factions and an al-Qaida-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.A consortium of rebel groups began attacking the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Friday, and weeklong clashes have killed hundreds of people in what has become a war within the war in Syria.Activists said its fighters were regrouping and launching attacks from towns and villages around Aleppo.A Western diplomat said Syria's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said insurgents twice have launched unsuccessful attacks on Syrian depots where chemicals used in poison gas and nerve agents are being stored.
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