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Syrian rebels blow up Aleppo hotel used by army

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE. Syrian rebels detonated a huge bomb underneath an Aleppo hotel used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Thursday (May 8), destroying it and damaging other buildings on the edge of the city's medieval citadel. The rebel Islamic Front, which claimed responsibility for the explosion, published video footage which showed a huge column of debris and dust erupting into the Aleppo skyline. It said 50 soldiers were killed in the blast but did not say how it arrived at that death toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the violence through a network of security and medical sources and activists across Syria, said at least 14 members of the security forces were killed. It said Islamist fighters had placed explosives in a tunnel underneath the Carlton Hotel, which it said was used

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