Syria: 18 Security Forces Killed in Various Attacks (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 04/20/12)
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A powerful blast killed ten members of the security forces in the
southern Syrian region of Quneitra on Friday, state television
The report blamed the explosion on “terrorists.”
“An armed terrorist group detonated a 100-kilogram (220-pound) bomb
in Sahm al-Jolan in the region of Quneitra, killing 10 members of the
security forces,” the channel said, according to a report on AFP.
The state run SANA news agency said the bomb was detonated by remote
control and targeted a bus transporting government troops.
The largely abandoned Quneitra province is located near Syria’s
border with Israel. The capital of the Quneitra province is the city
of Quneitra, which was conquered by Israeli troops during the 1967
Six Day War. It was briefly recaptured by Syria during the 1973 Yom
Kippur War, but Israel regained control in a subsequent counter-
The city was almost completely destroyed before Israeli withdrew from
it in June of 1974. Today, it lies in a demilitarized United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force Zone between Syria and Israel, a short
distance from the de facto border between the two countries, and is
populated by only a handful of families.
In March, a Syrian human rights organization reported that clashes
broke out between Syrian President Bashar Assad´s army and rebels in
the Quneitra province.
The organization said the fighting took place in the village of
Jebata al-Khashab, which is located just two kilometers from the
border fence with Israel.
Meanwhile on Friday, five Syrian soldiers were killed in a similar
bomb attack in the town of Karak, in the southern Daraa province.
SANA also blamed the second bombing on “armed terrorist groups.”
Three more soldiers were killed in separate incidents elsewhere,
according to state media.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said 13 civilians
were killed on Friday across the country, according to AFP.
The group said regime forces killed an activist in Idlib, two
civilians in Damascus and one in Aleppo and another in a bomb blast
in the same region.
Five civilians were also killed in the shelling of neighborhoods in
Homs in central Syria, while gunfire and explosions were also heard
in Qusayr near Homs, where the Observatory reported three civilian
The violence continues despite a cease-fire, brokered by UN envoy
Kofi Annan, which was supposed to go into effect last Thursday.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Assad of
tougher measures if he squanders his “last chance.”
“It is obviously quite concerning” Clinton said in Brussels, that
the “guns of the Assad regime are once again firing in Homs, Idlib
and elsewhere.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/20/12)
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