Two explosion hit northern Syrian city of Aleppo


Syrian demonstrators raise posters showing Syria's President Bashar Assad as they perform an oath to defend their country at Sabe Bahrat square in downtown Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during a rally to support President Bashar Assad. Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters after Friday prayers at several locations around the country, while the army sent reinforcements into a southern area where military defectors recently launched deadly attacks on regime troops. ( AP Photo/ Bassem Tellawi)

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's state-run TV says two explosions have hit the northern city of Aleppo, causing an unspecified number of casualties.

State SANA news agency says Friday's explosions caused "deaths and injuries."

The blasts were the first in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which has been relatively quiet since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime erupted in March.

Last month, a suicide attack in the capital Damascus killed 26 people. Assad's crackdown on the uprising has killed more than 5,400 people, according to the U.N.

The government blames the unrest on a foreign conspiracy by Israel and the West. It says armed gangs and terrorists are behind the uprising, not protesters seeking democratic change.

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