Blast in Damascus as rebels take control on oil field

Published November 4th, 2012 - 01:43 GMT

An attack carried out by "terrorists" near the Dama Rose hotel left seven injured Sunday in a neighborhood full of security centers in the heart of Damascus, the official Syrian media reported. "A terrorist attack took place behind the Rose Dama hotel near the parking of Workers Union building in Damascus," said the Syrian state television.

Meanwhile, the rebels took control of the al-Ward field, east of the city of Mayadine, after several days of siege," said a Syrian organization. The fighting began at dawn and lasted several hours, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of SOHR, conveyed that 40 soldiers in charge of monitoring the infrastructure had been killed, wounded or captured.

In addition to the oil field, the rebels seized a tank, armored vehicles and ammunition. The region of Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq, contains the largest energy reserves in the country, and al-Ward is one of the largest in the province.

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