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Strong explosion in Syrian town close to Iraq kills 8

BEIRUT -- A strong explosion struck a weapons market in an eastern Syrian town near the border with Iraq Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding many others, state media and activists said.

Syrian state TV said the blast in the town of Mayadeen killed 30 people and wounded many others, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed and many others wounded, including some who are in critical condition.

Mayadeen is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Iraqi border in Syria's eastern oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour, which has seen heavy fighting among rival rebel factions as well as between government forces and opposition fighters.

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