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Powerful explosion rocks Syria's Aleppo

English.news.cn   2014-05-08 16:53:01

DAMASCUS, May 8 (Xinhua) -- "Terrorists" bombed a hotel in the old city of the northwestern province of Aleppo, destroying the structure and damaging adjacent historic buildings, Syria's official TV and state news agency SANA said on Thursday.

The Carlton Hotel was destroyed when the rebels detonated explosives inside a tunnel under the building, the report said without elaboration.

Other local media reports said the blast was an attempt to storm government-controlled areas in the western part of the city.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city and economic hub, has emerged as a main battlefield since the rebels vowed to "liberate" it from government forces in June 2012.

Editor: Yang Yi
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