File - A rebel fighter holding a rifle and a Syrian flag at the Bab al-Salam border crossing to Turkey, July 22, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/ ADEM ALTAN)
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A massive car bomb ripped through a crowded garage Thursday near a rebel-held border crossing between Syria and Turkey, killing at least 43 people in an area that has seen fierce fighting between rival rebel groups, an anti-government activist group said.The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also reported the car bombing but said only that it killed and wounded "dozens of people".The Syrian conflict started as largely peaceful protests against Assad's rule and turned into civil war after some opposition supporters took up arms to fight a brutal government crackdown on dissent. Activists say more than 150,000 people have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes, seeking shelter in neighboring countries and in safer parts of Syria. On Wednesday, at least 20 government soldiers were killed in a massive bombing after rebels detonated a tunnel packed with explosives under a military base in the Wadi Deif area of the northwestern province of Idlib.Another activist, Mohammed Kanaan, who is from the nearby town of Maaret al-Numan but is currently in Turkey, said the rebels had been digging the tunnel for about seven months.
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