35 killed in quake-intensity blast on intelligence HQ in Aleppo
ERBIL: At least 35 security personnel and others were killed in an attack by Islamist and jihadi rebels on the air force intelligence headquarters in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the attack Wednesday afternoon began with a bomb explosion near the cityâ€™s air force intelligence facility, followed by an assault by al-Qaeda affiliated jihadi and Islamist forces that included the Nusra Front, Ansar al-Din Front and Ansar al-Khelafa.
Casualties included at least 20 dead among regime security personnel and militias fighting with them, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, SOHR reported.
It said 15 others were killed in the explosion and assault in the Jamâ€™eyyet al-Zahraa neighborhood in Aleppo, which has a large Kurdish population and has been divided between rebel and government forces since mid-2012.
Other reports quoted residents as saying the blast in the cityâ€™s western district felt like an earthquake and shook most of the city.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a 2.3-magnitude tremor in western Aleppo at 5:31 pm local time.
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) did not report the attack.
But as the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, SANA quoted embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as saying his countryâ€™s civil war was the result of a failed international system.
â€œThis is a failure of the international system, this international system thatâ€™s been represented by the United Nations and the Security Council, and that is supposed to solve the problems and protect the sovereignty of different countries and prevent war,â€ SANA quoted Assad as saying in an interview with Portuguese television.
â€œActually, it has failed in doing so. So, what we have now is a failed United Nations; failed to protect international citizens including in Syria, Libya, Yemen and in other countries,â€ SANA quoted him as saying. (Courtesy: Rudwa.net)