Beirut, Aug 12: Syrian opposition activists said an explosion in the country's north has killed at least 39 people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known.
The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defence, also known as White Helmets, said the blast occurred today in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border and "killed and wounded dozens".
Explosion in idlib:
Thirty-two people died and 45 people were injured, according to preliminary findings of the media explosion in Idlib province, Sermada province, Syria. pic.twitter.com/4yeNzf5uPQ
— Vlad Fabian (@vlafbi) August 12, 2018
Due to the explosion, a five-story building collapsed, burying many of the victims. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 18. It's unclear if the casualties are all civilians.
The Observatory said an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated. The depot was run by an arms dealer close to the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, it added. Meanwhile, Syrian government forces are fighting rebels in Idlib province.