Blast hits military site in Syrian port city

State media says a "technical error" caused explosion near Latakia, leading to injury of six people.

    Syrian TV said six people were injured in what it called an "accidental explosion" in Latakia
    Syrian TV said six people were injured in what it called an "accidental explosion" in Latakia

    A loud explosion has hit a military site in the Syrian port city of Latakia, both state media and opposition sources said.

    Syrian TV said a "technical error" caused the explosion on Wednesday at a military corps of engineers unit. It reported the injury of six people.

    Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 soldiers were injured.

    Opposition activists posted a video showing smoke rising, reportedly from the site of the blast.

    Explosions in Latakia, part of President Bashar al-Assad's stronghold on the Mediterranean coast, have been extremely rare during Syria's two-year-old conflict.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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