Bomb kills 27 in Syria as US presses for peace talks
15 October, 2013
DAMASCUS: A powerful car bomb killed at least 27 people in northwestern Syria on Monday as the United States pressed for peace talks despite widening rifts among the fractured opposition.
The blast in the town of Darkush killed at least three children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the death toll could rise because many of the wounded were in serious condition. Activists said the blast targeted the market area of the town, which is a few kilometres (a couple of miles) from the border with Turkey, on the Orontes river.
On the political front, the United States said there was an "urgent" need to set a date for so-called Geneva 2 peace talks, despite the rejection of the process this week by a leading opposition group. "We believe that it is urgent to set a date to convene the conference and work toward a new Syria," said US Secretary of State John Kerry.