51 killed in Syria
Beirut, April 29 (Reuters): Car bombs and mortar attacks killed at least 51 people in Syrian government-held areas of Damascus and the central city of Homs today.
Homs, at least 37 people, including children, were killed by twin car bombs near a busy roundabout in the Alawite neighbourhood of Zahraa. A local security source put the death toll at 42.
central Damascus, two mortar shells struck an education complex in the mainly Shia district of Shaghour, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens.
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