Approximately 43 Dead Following Car Bomb In Syrian Town

For his part, Doctor Abu Hasan who works at a local hospital in Azaz, also told Anadolu Agency that 60 people were killed and more than 50 civilians injured in the incident.

A still image taken from a video obtained by Reuters shows people and a bulldozer seen outside a badly damaged building after a fuel truck blast in the center of rebel-held Azaz, near Syria's border with Turkey, Jan. 7, 2017.

Azaz is a major stronghold of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), an alliance of moderate opposition groups whose fighters have, with Turkish military support, largely pushed Daesh militants out of the border area near Turkey.

While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, many are already blaming the Islamic State group.

An image grab taken from an AFPTV video released on Jan. 7 2017 shows people gathering amidst debris at the site of a car bomb attack in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria

It said six rebels were among the 43 who died.

Osama al-Merhi, a lawyer who was at the scene of the blast, pointed the finger at IS.

Many rebels and civilians who were pushed out of Aleppo city during a massive government offensive late previous year have resettled in Azaz.

At last 20 people were also killed in a separate vehicle bomb attack in October.

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Southeast of Azaz, Turkish forces have launched an offensive to take back the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab. The truce came into effect on December 30, and is meant to pave the way for new peace talks in Kazakh capital Astana, which regime ally Iran is also helping organise.

The government says Fatah Al Sham is present in Wadi Barada, and blames rebels there for cutting water to Damascus since December 22.

The rebels accused IS of being behind that attack.

But there was no official confirmation of a deal or the entry of the fix crews.

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More than 310,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

The fighting has displaced more than half the population, internally or overseas, and proved resistant to worldwide efforts to broker a political solution.

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