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29 November 2023

Roadside bomb kills 11 in Syria prison truck

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows Syrian protesters holding up an anti-regime banner during a demonstration against the authorities' crackdown on dissent in the village of Hass in the restive Idlib region, near the borther with Turkey. Pro-reform activists set as the slogan for the this week's Friday protests "Prisoners of the Revolution," calling on Syrians to take to the streets to demand that the government deliver on its promise to the Arab League to release tens of thousands of people arrested since protests first erupted last March. (AFP)


A roadside bomb killed 11 detainees being transported in a Syrian prison truck in Idlib province in the northwest on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Eleven prisoners were killed in the explosion which targeted a prison truck on the road between Idlib town and the village of Mastumeh," the Britain-based group's chairman, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP by telephone.

A number of security personnel accompanying the prisoners were wounded, Abdel Rahman said, without being able to provide details.

Separately, the Observatory reported that a member of the security forces was killed in fighting between dissidents and soldiers at Kfarnebel, in the Zawiya mountains of Idlib province, with troops using heavy machineguns.

It also said security forces had arrested seven people Saturday, including four members of the same family, in Iblin village.

The United Nations estimates that more than 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since anti-regime demonstrations erupted in March.