(DAMASCUS, Syria) — At least 50 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in a suicide car bombing Monday, perhaps the deadliest single blow dealt to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since the conflict with rebels began nearly 20 months ago.
The news of high casualties in the central Hama province came from the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights while Syria’s state news agency SANA said there were only a few victims from the explosion.
Meanwhile, SANA added that a bomb blast in a central Damascus neighborhood left 11 civilians dead with more than 20 rebel fighters also dead when attacked by war jets in the northern town of Harem.
Adding to the violence and chaos that has embroiled Syria since March 2011 were incidents of Palestinians loyal to Assad fighting opposition forces in a southern neighborhood of Damascus and on the outskirts of a refugee camp.
Still, there are other Palestinians who’ve taken the rebels’ side and this infighting is leading to growing fears that it will be difficult to form a post-Assad regime with so many factions vying for control.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN