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Wave of violence in Syria's Idlib

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 01:40

May 29 - Videos posted on a social media website purport to show Syrian government airstrikes in rural Idlib, where a car bomb attack left dozens dead a day before. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Idlib. Amateur video purports to show Syrian government airstrikes, a day after a car bomb killed dozens. Video that cannot be independently verified by Reuters has emerged of what is said to be its aftermath. Chaos on the streets, as Syrians flee by foot or by car. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAYING: "There was a statement telling the people of Idlib to leave the city by the deadline of 29/5/2014. And thank God, as we can see, hundreds of people from the city are fleeing towards the countryside." Some online media claim that roads leading to Idlib will be cut off in preparation for the country's presidential election. Other reports say the rebels are intending to attack the government-controlled area. The Free Syrian Army issued a message: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FREE SYRIAN ARMY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF, COLONEL ABDELILAH AL-BASHIR, SAYING: "Still the scenario of death and crime is repeated in all parts of our beloved Syria at a time when children are still suffocated with chlorine toxic gas that is delivered by regime planes and our people are leaving their homes by force. The regime is still talking about democratic elections..." Expatriots cast their ballots at dozens of Syrian embassies ahead of next week's crucial vote. But opponents are dismissing it as a farce as widespread violence rages in its fourth year.

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Wave of violence in Syria's Idlib

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 01:40