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'Many killed' in Syria fuel station airstrike - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

A Syrian warplane has destroyed a petrol station near Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of people and igniting a huge fire in what could be one of the bloodiest attacks in weeks during the 22-month civil war.

Activists on Wednesday said a single Russian-built MiG fighter fired a missile that hit the station, setting off an inferno in the eastern suburb of Mleiha. Black smoke was seen billowing from the site.

An amateur video posted online showed charred bodies and gruesome carnage at the scene.

Mohammed Saeed, an activist who visited the area, said the missile struck as drivers waited in line with their cars at the station.

Syria has been facing a fuel crisis, and people often wait for hours to get petrol.

"Many of the people who were there were killed,'' Saeed said via Skype. "Body parts could be seen on the ground".

He said the missile fired by the plane caused a crater a metre deep.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 02:31:14 PM EST
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