Auto bomb kills at least 50 in Syria's A'zaz

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08 January, 2017

At least 43 people are reported to have been killed in a fuel tanker bomb attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on the border with Turkey.

The Azaz Media centre and other activist groups have put the death toll at 50 following search and rescue operations that continued for at least two hours after the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Azaz, only a couple of miles away from the Turkish border, is a hub for anti-government activists and opposition fighters, as well as many people displaced by recent fighting in Aleppo. Six of the dead were rebel fighters, it said.

Dozens were also wounded in the attack near a government complex and market area, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Osama Al Merhi, a lawyer at the scene of Saturday's bombing, blamed ISIL.

"They are the ones who target civilians and the cadres who are building this country", he told AFP.

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An explosive-laden vehicle blew up in front of a local court in the center of Azaz, Iyad Sheikh Razuk told to Anadolu Agency.

Many rebels and civilians settled in Azaz after they were pushed out of Aleppo during a massive government offensive late a year ago.

Some 53 wounded were brought to the state hospital in Turkey's Kilis for treatment.

The blast comes during a fragile nationwide ceasefire brokered by Russian Federation, an ally of the Syrian government, and Turkey, which backs rebel groups.

An image grab taken from an AFPTV video released on January 7, 2017, shows people gathering amidst debris at the site of a auto bomb attack in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria.

On Saturday, approximately 43 people were killed after a auto bomb exploded in a market in Syria, as reported by The Associated Press. Islamic State has been accused of carrying out attacks there before.

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