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NGO: Car bomb kills 15 in Syria’s Homs

A minimum of 15 people were killed and 12 others were wounded in the blast, according to an NGO

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A minimum of 15 people were killed and 12 others were injured in a car bomb explosion in the Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, an NGO said.

"At least 15 people were killed and 12 others injured in the Armenian district, which is home to mostly Christians and Alawites," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syria’s state news agency SANA reported a “terrorist attack… which caused deaths, injuries, and damage,” on the main street of the district.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is comes from the Alawite community, a religious minority stemming from the Shiites of Islam. The attacked neighborhood is under government control.

The city of Homs was once named the “capital” of Syria’s uprising for its notable anti-government protests and demonstrations. The city saw violent fighting between members of the regime and rebel groups throughout Syria’s civil war.

Part of the Old City of Homs held under rebel control has been recently subjected to a tight siege by the government, leaving thousands of civilians trapped.

Teams of the U.N. and Red Crescent managed to evacuate some civilians and deliver food and medicine for those who remained in the Homs’ besieged neighborhoods, but these operations have halted.

(With AFP)