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Syria arms depot blast leaves 39 dead

| Updated: August 18, 2018 21:57:35

The cause of the explosion is yet to be known — AP photo The cause of the explosion is yet to be known — AP photo

At least 39 people, including 12 children, have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria's mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say.

The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker.

Dozens of people are still missing, a monitor and correspondents say.

Idlib is the last major rebel-held area, and is expected to be the next target for Syrian armed forces, according to a BBC report.

In recent months, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, has made major advances in its offensive against a number of rebel and jihadist groups across Syria.

Meanwhile, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that there were still dozens of people missing.

Some reports suggest the number killed could be higher.

Most of those in the building are believed to have belonged to the families of jihadist fighters who have taken refuge in Idlib after being driven out of other areas of Syria.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

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