Damascus, Syria (CNN) — Syrian government warplanes targeted a northern town Thursday, hitting a gas station and triggering an explosion that killed at least 55 people, opposition forces said.
It’s the latest salvo in Syria’s bloody 18-month-old civil war that shows no sign of letting up. Dozens were wounded in the airstrike in Raqqa province that two opposition groups said were carried out by Syrian government aircraft.
The strike comes a day after rebels seized a border crossing in Raqqa near Syria’s border with Turkey.
The number of people killed Thursday in Syria was 173, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.
Earlier Thursday, five people were reported killed from aerial shelling of residential neighborhoods in Aleppo, and MiG warplane shelling was reported in Damascus countryside villages, the LCC said.