30 Killed in Syria Blast

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    At least 30 people were killed in northern Syria on Thursday as forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad launched airstrikes that hit a gas station and caused a massive explosion. Dozens more were reportedly wounded in the attack, which was the latest in a bloody civil war that has pitted Assad loyalists against rebel groups trying to topple the dictator. Hours before the airstrike, a Syrian military helicopter crashed near Damascus after colliding with a passenger plane carrying 200 people. The plane landed safely and no one on board was injured, according to Syria’s Information Ministry.

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