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Rebels blow up historic hotel

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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels bombed a once luxurious, historic hotel being used as a government army base in the northern city of Aleppo on today, levelling the building and causing multiple casualties in a giant explosion carried off by digging tunnels under the complex, activists and militants said.

The blast set off a gigantic mushroom cloud next to the historic citadel of Aleppo, collapsing the Carlton Hotel in a government-held area near the front lines in a the city, which has been one of the bloodiest and destructive battlegrounds of Syria’s civil war.

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