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Car bomb kills 4 in refugee camp in Syria

January 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

People inspect the damage after a Syrian regime warplane targeted the Kamuna refugee camp near the Syrian In the Idlib province after Syrian regime warplane targeted the camp on May 05, 2016. 8 people were killed and another 30 injured. Image by Anadolu

A car bomb killed at least four people and critically injured a number of others today at the Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitoring organisation.

The camp is home to refugees and also to opposition groups, including the Jaysh Al-Ashair, which fight both President Bashar Al-Assad and the extremist Daesh militant group, and was targeted by bombings last year.

More than 75,000 people live in Rakban. Millions of Syrians have fled their homes during the civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands since it began in 2011.

Attacks last year targeted a Jaysh Al-Ashair checkpoint in the camp in October, killing three people and a military post nearby in July, killing six Jordanian border guards.

Rakban is located in a desert area of the long border between Syria and Jordan, near to territory held by Daesh, which regards the Syrian regime, Jordanian government and other opposition groups as its enemies.

Although Daesh has lost much of its territory in Iraq and northern Syria since 2015, it has in recent weeks attempted to expand and consolidate its presence in central and eastern Syria with campaigns in Palmyra and Deir ez-Zor.