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Violence engulfs key Syrian cities, activists say 50,000 killed in crisis


08:54, January 30, 2013

Key Words: Syrian; Syria crisis

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DAMASCUS, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Three explosive devices went off Tuesday in Syria's capital of Damascus, leaving injuries and property loss, as a broad-based opposition watchdog placed the overall death toll of Syria's 22-month-old crisis at 50,000.

An explosive device affixed under a car went off Tuesday near Jisr al-Zahira area in Damascus, leaving material damages only, the pro-government Sham FM said, adding that another roadside bomb tore through the car of a Syrian parliamentarian, who was injured in the blast.

The state-run SANA news agency, meanwhile, said a roadside bomb went off in the old quarter of Damascus late on Tuesday, injuring a storekeeper.

Also in the old quarter of Damascus, a fire broke out in the Swaiqa market late Tuesday, setting ablaze a number of shops and killing three people, a local online news website said, adding that the reason behind the fire has been unknown.

Meanwhile, a military source was quoted by local media as confirming that the town of Aqraba, located near the road to the international airport of Damascus, has become under control of the Syrian army after long-standing battles with the rebels.

The state-media also said the army eliminated many gunmen during clashes in hotbeds around Damascus.

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