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19 dead in blast, shelling in south Syria, monitor says

A roadside bomb and government shelling kills at least 19 people, most of them rebel fighters, in southern Syria’s Daraa province, a monitor says.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that an explosive device placed on a road by government forces detonated as a convoy of rebel fighters passed by.

“After the blast, civilians from nearby came to the scene and the regime shelled the area,” says Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

He says 13 of the dead were from local rebel factions, and at least three others were civilians. The identities of the remaining fatalities had not been confirmed.

— AFP

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