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Syria airstrike on gas station kills at least 30, say opposition activists

A regime airstrike hit a gas station Wednesday, causing an explosion that has left at least 30 people dead, according to Syrian opposition activists.

By Associated Press / September 20, 2012

In this Wednesday photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon against Syrian Army positions in the Amariya district in Aleppo, Syria.

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Syrian opposition activists said a regime airstrike hit a gas station in the north of the country Thursday, setting off an explosion that killed at least 30 people and wounding dozens more.

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The explosion went off in the town of Ain Issa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Turkish border, said Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdul-Rahman said witnesses told him they saw at least 30 bodies, but that the death toll was likely to rise. He said dozens of people were wounded.

Abdul-Rahman quoted one witness as saying the blast was caused by an airstrike, but that the Observatory could not independently confirm the cause of the explosion.

Another group of anti-regime activists, the Local Coordination Committees, reported intense attacks by warplanes on the gas station.

The group did not give a death toll, saying only that many people were killed or wounded. It said more than 70 wounded people were taken to a hospital in the provincial capital of Raqqa.

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