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Syria: Petrol Station Strike 'Kills Dozens'
Dozens of people have been killed after an air strike on a petrol station in the capital Damascus, according to opposition activists.
Mohammed Saeed, an activist who visited the site, said "tens of people were killed or wounded" in the strike, while "body parts could be seen on the ground".
Amateur video, which cannot be verified, showed block smoke billowing from the petrol station in the eastern suburb of Mleiha and casualties fleeing the scene.
Some activists said more than 30 people died in the strike, although the exact number was not confirmed.
Mr Saeed said drivers were waiting in line for fuel when the petrol station was targeted.
Syria has been facing a fuel crisis and people often queue for hours to refuel.
Meanwhile, the UN said more than 60,000 people have died in the conflict in Syria since fighting began in March 2011.
Using data from seven different sources, it said the number of fatalities rose from 1,000 a month in the summer of 2011 to 5,000 a month within one year.
In the provinces of Homs and Damascus, around three-quarters of those who were killed were male.
Navi Pillay, the UN's human rights commissioner, described the number of casualties as "truly shocking" and "much higher than we expected".
"Cities, towns and villages have been, and are continuing to be, devastated by aerial attacks, shelling, tank fire, bomb attacks and street-to-street fighting," she said.
"Unless there is a quick resolution to the conflict, I fear thousands more will die or suffer terrible injuries as a result of those who harbour the obstinate belief that something can be achieved by more bloodshed, more torture and more mindless destruction."
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what do you think?
Assad can no longer take stock of the situation. He must leave Syria before he meets the same fate as Gaddafi! The rebels will tear him to pieces!
And the sooner the better. Including all his family.
Mike..There are stories circulating London that his wife is already over here and has been for some time, but I am not one to spread rumours
How about a bit of balanced reporting Orange, what about the rebels/terrorists encouraging little boys to hack off their captives heads, or the mass murder of Post Office workers, these events were filmed by the rebels/terrorists and posted on the web.
This is the real dangerous side of Obama and Cameron supporting a ramshackle of terrorists calling them rebels/ freedom fighters with deaths now reaching 60,000. Afghanistan, Iraq . Libya and now Syria all unstable costing many lives including our own armed forces.