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Violence on the rise in Syria as AL observers start monitoring the country's unrest


10:40, December 28, 2011

DAMASCUS, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Violence has ramped up in several parts of Syria claiming the lives of many people, as the Arab League (AL) observers started their work on Tuesday as part of AL' s efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria.

About six Syrian workers were killed when their bus was blown up by two explosive devices that went off on the highway that connects coastal Latakia province with northern Aleppo city, state- run SANA news agency reported.

SANA said the explosives were planted by "terrorists," adding that the victims had been working at a textile factory and were riding in a bus back to their homes when the explosion occurred.

The explosions created two craters, each one meter in diameter, and caused considerable damage to the bus, said SANA, adding the bodies of the dead workers along with the injured ones were transported to the National Hospital in northern Idlib province.

In a separate incident Tuesday morning, Syrian authorities clashed with an "armed group" along the Turkish border and killed a number of its members. The group was trying to facilitate the infiltration of some gunmen from the Turkish territory into Syria, it said.

A military source was quoted as saying that Syrian forces killed and wounded an unidentified number of gunmen, and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. Other members of the group fled towards Turkish territories, the report said.

In restive Homs province in central Syria, a gas pipeline was targeted in early hours Tuesday by an explosive device planted by "terrorist groups", SANA reported.

The pipeline was hit at 01:45 a.m. local time in the north of al-Ashrafiya village, said the report, adding that the pipeline carries gas from al-Rayan field in eastern Homs to power stations in the central province of Hama.

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