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Observatory: Death Toll in Syria Blast Climbs to 69

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A general view taken with a drone shows the Clock Tower of the rebel-held Idlib city, Syria, June 8, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Abdullah / File.

The number of people killed when an explosion ripped through a building thought to be storing weapons in rebel-held northwestern Syria has climbed to 69 including 17 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday.

The explosion happened in a residential building in the town of Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border on Sunday. Idlib forms part of the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

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