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    Syria crisis: Minibus explodes in Deraa, killing 21

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    Originally published on October 16, 2013

    A minibus strike a mine in southern Syria's Deraa province on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in the resulting explosion. Four children and six women died in the attack.

    According to reports, the minibus carried civilians and was passing through Tal al-Jumua area in Daraa province where troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are stationed. Activists accused regime troops of planting the mine that caused the blast.

    According to Reuters: "Assad's forces are battling an uprising that grew out of protests against his family's four-decade grip on the country.

    "Violence has continued in recent days despite pleas from Arab and Muslim organisations for a ceasefire to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha.

    "The British-based Observatory, which is opposed to Assad, reported clashes in most provinces on Wednesday and said war planes had been deployed to the eastern desert city of Deir al-Zor.

    "The group said at least 27 government soldiers had been killed during intense clashes in Deir al-Zor over the past two days although rebels gave a figure more than double that."

    It was reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed in the fighting in Syria in the past two and a half years.

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