Assad Warplane Bombs Busy Petrol Station, Syria Groups Claim
A Syrian warplane dropped a barrel of explosives on a crowded petrol station in the north-east of the country yesterday, killing at least 30 civilians, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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People had been lining up for petrol and diesel near Ain Issa at the time when the crude bomb caused a huge explosion and fire, the opposition group said. The death count was expected to rise.
The village is about 32 kilometres from the Tal Al Abyad border post, seized by rebels on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with government forces.
One activist said that the filling station was the only one still operating in the area.
There were conflicting reports earlier when a military helicopter was said to have crashed in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
Syrian state media reported that the helicopter’s rotor had clipped the tail of a Syrian Arab Airlines plane carrying 200 passengers. The plane was then said to have landed safely at Damascus airport.