War monitor reports 17 killed in southern Syria conflict after bombing

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a blast in al-Sanamayn on Saturday killed eight children, leading to clashes between rival groups in Deraa. At least 17 people were killed in the violence triggered by the explosion, with the province still facing frequent clashes and precarious living conditions. The violence in Deraa, once the center of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, has continued despite the area returning to government control in 2018 under a ceasefire deal. The conflict escalated as an armed group accused of planting the explosive device was confronted by a rival group, resulting in 17 deaths including former ISIL members and civilians caught in the crossfire. The Syrian state media did not immediately report on the clashes, but SANA attributed the blast to “terrorists.” The ongoing violence in Deraa province highlights the continued instability and danger faced by those living in the region.

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