At least 29 rebel combatants died Sunday when a car bomb exploded in the central part of the city of Homs, located 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) north of Damascus. EFE/STR/File
At least 29 rebels died in a blast Sunday in the central Syrian city of Homs as they primed a car bomb for an attack, a monitoring group said.
In the capital, meanwhile, two people were killed when mortar fire struck the Damascus Opera House, state media reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 29 people were killed, most or all of them believed to be rebels, in the besieged Old City of Homs when a car bomb exploded.
“The death toll is likely to rise because there are dozens of people missing and body parts in the area of the blast,” the Britain-based group said.
State news agency SANA also reported the blast, saying a car had exploded while being loaded with explosives.
One activist network, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, said the blast was the result of a rocket landing on an ammunition deport in the area. The claim could not be independently confirmed.
The blast took place on the outskirts of the Old City of Homs, which is under rebel control.
A suicide bomber instructor in Samara, Iraq accidentally blew up twenty-two students during a demonstration in February.