Car bomb kills four in central Syria

Published Thursday, March 6, 2014

Updated 12:34 pm: At least four people were killed and 22 wounded on Thursday in a bomb blast in Syria's central Hama city, state news agency SANA said.

"A car bomb blew up near General Establishment for Poultry, Hama Branch, at the southern entrance of the city ... claim[ing] the lives of four citizens and injur[ing] 22 others, in addition to huge material damage," the statement said.

The explosion comes as the Syrian conflict prepares to enter its fourth year.

More than 100,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011 with no end in sight following multiple failed diplomatic efforts to negotiate a peace deal.

Meanwhile the opposition Syrian National Coalition on Wednesday rejected a proposal by former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford to negotiate with Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

The SNC rejects "negotiating with the Hezbollah militia and sectarian factions imported by the Assad regime to kill Syrians," spokesperson Louay Safi said
in a statement.

In Damascus, renewed fighting triggered by the entrance of jihadist rebel group al-Nusra Front earlier this week to besieged Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk has halted aid deliveries, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said.

"UNRWA has received credible reports that intense clashes and shelling occurred in Yarmouk during the night of March 4, with sporadic shelling continuing throughout the day on March 5," UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said in a statement.

Gunness added that the UN entity had been unable to distribute food in the camp since February 28.

More than 100 people are reported to have died because of shortages in the camp caused by the tight army siege.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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