Explosion outside Syria’s highest court

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images in this report were released by the state-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Reuters reportsRebel forces attacked Syria’s main court in central Damascus on Thursday, state television said, while Turkey deployed troops and anti-aircraft rocket launchers to the Syrian border, building pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

There was a loud explosion and a column of black smoke rose over Damascus, an Assad stronghold that until the last few days had seemed largely beyond the reach of rebels. State television described it as a “terrorist” blast.

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