Explosion at garage near Turkey-Syria border crossing kills 43 people

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At least 43 people have been killed in an explosion near a border crossing between Syria and Turkey, with many others wounded, it has been claimed.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion occurred at a garage near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. The garage is used by passengers who come to or leave the crossing point, said Rami Abdurrahman, the Observatory’s chief.

Mr Abdurrahman said those wounded were being treated in Turkish and Syrian hospitals. He said the dead included at least five women and three children.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said a car bomb at the border crossing killed and wounded “many” people.

In Turkey, a government official said 48 wounded Syrians were brought across the border for treatment and that 13 of them had died.

Thirty-five of them were being treated in various hospitals near the Turkish-Syrian border, said the official.

Syria’s conflict began with largely peaceful protests calling for reforms and transformed into an armed uprising and eventually a civil war following a ferocious military crackdown on protesters.

More than 150,000 people have died since March 2011, and hundreds of thousands of people have been wounded.

An amateur video posted online showed women, men and children at the scene of the blast, which set several cars and motorcycles on fire.

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