Car bomb hits Syria hospital near Turkey: Monitor

BEIRUT (AFP) - A car bomb explosion hit a hospital on Syria's border with Turkey on Sunday, killing two people and wounding several more, a monitoring group said.

A teenager and a medic working with rebel groups were killed in the car park blast close to the Orient hospital near the rebel-held border town of Atmeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A Turkish official confirmed the report, and said 10 people were taken to hospital in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.

An activist told AFP on condition of anonymity that "everyone is accusing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" of being behind the blast.

Rebel groups launched a war against the jihadist ISIL in early January.

While the jihadists were initially welcomed among the ranks of opposition fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, ISIL became widely hated by dissidents over its abuses and quest for hegemony.

Since early January, the group has carried out dozens of attacks targeting opposition areas.

Elsewhere in war-ravaged Syria, regime warplanes launched air strikes against rebel areas of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, the Observatory said.

On the ground, seven rebels were killed battling regime forces near Deir Ezzor's military airport, the Britain-based group added.

Sunday's violence comes a day after at least four people, including two children, were killed in an air raid on Sheikh Eissa in the northern province of Aleppo, it said.

In Damascus, two shells fired from rebel-held areas hit Abbasiyeen Square, the Observatory said, without reporting casualties.

More than 140,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria's nearly three-year war, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes.

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