World Bulletin / News Desk
The Carlton Citadel Hotel in Syria's Aleppo has been completely destroyed by a huge explosion after a bomb placed in an underground tunnel was detonated by opposition fighters. Surrounding buildings have also been damaged.
Early reports suggest that up to 50 regime soldiers stationed at the hotel have been killed by the blast, which the Islamic Front opposition force claimed responsibility for on their official Twitter page.
State-run news agency SANA reported that rebels had dug tunnels under the Old City district and detonated the bomb.
Concern has also been raised over the condition of a 13th century citadel near the blast location, which has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Syria's second largest city Aleppo, which is largely under opposition control, has been subject of devastating airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks by regime troops since December, as rebels attempt to close in on the regime's last strongholds in the city.Last Mod: 08 Mayıs 2014, 12:42