Arms depot blows up in Idlib province, 39 killed

World 8/12/2018, 3:25 PM
Arms depot blows up in Idlib province, 39 killed

An explosion in a rebel-controlled military facility in the town of Sarmada on Sunday destroyed two buildings, of which at least one was residential, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. At least 39 people are said to have died, including 12 children, as the arms depot was turned to rubble in a blast of an unknown origin.

White Helmets, an organization conducting rescue operations and medical services in areas ruled by the opposition, continued the search for survivors at the site in the northwest of the Idlib province, near Turkey. It is officially known as Syrian Civil Defense. Dozens were reportedly missing and dozens were treated for injuries, witnesses said.

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are stepping up the offensive against the biggest remaining rebel territory, while armed groups inside the area have been fighting each other for dominance as well.‚Äč Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, is the strongest force in the province. Local sources revealed the arms depot was in its network.

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