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Car bomb explodes at a Damascus petrol station

At least nine people have been killed and 40 wounded after a car bomb exploded at a crowded petrol station in the Syrian capital Damascus. The UN says the death toll in the Syria conflict is now more than 60,000.

A car bomb at a petrol station in the Barzeh al-Balad district of Damascus has killed at least nine people according to a Syrian activist group.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

It is the second time that a petrol station has been hit in the capital this week. Dozens of people were killed in an air strike as they waited for fuel on Wednesday, according to opposition sources.

Fuel has become increasingly scarce during the country's 21-month-long insurgency aimed at overthrowing President Bashar Assad.

On Wednesday, a report by the UN's Human Rights Council said more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.

hc/lw (Reuters, AFP, AP)