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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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Syria's Foreign Ministry 'accuses rebels of bombing'

Syria's Foreign Ministry has accused armed groups affiliated with the al-Qaeda network of being behind the massive explosion that killed more than 53 people in Damascus today, state media said.

The ministry's statement came in a letter addressing the UN, during which it charged that al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria were receiving support from regional and foreign countries, calling on the UN to shoulder its responsibilities toward combating terrorism.

Debris and damaged vehicles after an explosion at central Damascus. Credit: Reuters

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