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Group: Blast in Damascus neighborhood kills 8

From Lonzo Cook, CNN
June 3, 2013 -- Updated 1242 GMT (2042 HKT)
In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, Syrian men help survivors out of a building in Aleppo after it was bombed, allegedly by a Syrian regime warplane on Saturday, February 8. The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Click through to see the most compelling images taken during the conflict, which is now a civil war: In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, Syrian men help survivors out of a building in Aleppo after it was bombed, allegedly by a Syrian regime warplane on Saturday, February 8. The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Click through to see the most compelling images taken during the conflict, which is now a civil war:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clashes have been constant in the Damascus suburb
  • Every time rebels advance, the regime steps up offensive, groups say
  • U.N. warns that all sides will be held accountable for the killing of civilians

(CNN) -- A car bomb exploded near a police station in northeastern Damascus on Sunday, killing at least eight members of the security forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The blast also wounded an specified number of civilians, the group said.

The explosion took place during heavy clashes between rebel forces and regime troops in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, where clashes between the two sides are constant.

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"If we capture the area it means we have reached the heart of the capital. It means we can cross into Damascus," a spokesman for the local Revolutionary Military Council said in March.

But every time rebels appear to be inching closer to a decisive battle for the capital, President Bashar al-Assad's stronghold, the regime steps up its offensive using fighter jets and missiles to shell the suburb, opposition groups say.

The United Nations has warned that all sides will be held accountable for the killing of civilians during the civil war.

'Open-ended' Syrian conflict draws in region

Battles between the two sides have raged, including in the besieged Syrian border city of Qusayr, where government forces and Hezbollah fighters have been battling rebels for control.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned forces loyal to al-Assad and rebels to allow civilians to leave the town, the latest flashpoint in the more than two-year-old conflict that has left about 80,000 people dead.

"The eyes of the world are upon them, and they will be held accountable for any acts of atrocity carried out against the civilian population," Ban said.

As many as 1,500 people are believed to be wounded and in need of medical care in the border town.

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