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'53 dead' in Damascus blast

At least 53 people have been killed in a large explosion that rocked the Syrian capital Damascus, opposition activists said.

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Official: Russian Embassy 'damaged' after Damascus blast

Russia's state owned RIA Novosti news agency has quoted a Russian Embassy official from Syria as saying the Embassy building has been damaged, after a car bomb exploded in central Damascus, reportedly killing 53 people.

The official said: "The building has really been damaged ... The windows are shattered," but added that no one had been hurt in the attack.

Damaged vehicles and the Russian embassy building (rear C) are seen after an explosion in central Damascus. Credit: Reuters/Sana

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