Syrian Rebels Blow Up Aleppo Hotel Used by Army

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Syrian rebels blew up a hotel used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the northern city of Aleppo

Syrian rebels blew up a hotel used by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday (May 8), destroying the building and causing widespread damage, state media and a monitoring group said.

Video posted to a social media website showed a large cloud of smoke and rubble rising from a site believed to be that of the Carlton Hotel.

Reuters is unable to independently verify the content of this video, which has been obtained from a social media website.

The rebels detonated explosives in a tunnel underneath the hotel, which is situated next to Aleppo’s medieval citadel, sources said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were fatalities in the blast but gave no details. State television said the hotel was destroyed and several nearby buildings were damaged.

Syrian Rebels Blow Up Aleppo Hotel Used By Army

Syrian Rebels Blow Up Aleppo Hotel Used By Army

Local reports in Syria say that a large explosion has hit Aleppo and destroyed the Carlton Citadel Hotel, which is believed to be used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.