Daraa, Syria – At least 22 people were killed on Friday when a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria, local sources reported.
The blast reportedly took place around the time of Friday prayers in the town of Namar in Syria’s southern province of Daraa.
Speaking to ARA News in Daraa, opposition activist Sabir al-Jassem said that three children and several rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among those killed, while at least 25 others were wounded during the explosion.
“We could not identify the party behind Friday’s bombing in Namar,” al-Jassem reported.
Meanwhile, militants of the al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) reportedly controlled the village of Beden in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo on Friday.
Noteworthy, IS group captured several villages and towns in Aleppo countryside over the last two days, amid withdrawal of opposition fighters of the FSA and other rebel groups. The heavy weapons possessed by IS has reportedly enabled the group’s militants to defeat Syria rebels and force them to give up and withdraw towards Aleppo city.
Reporting by: Salma al-Yusif
Source: ARA News
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