A Syrian warplane blasted a gas station near Damascus Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of people and igniting a huge
fire in what could be one of the bloodiest attacks in weeks during the 22-month civil war. (Jan. 2)
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USER GENERATED CONTENT: UGC cannot be absolutely verified. This video has been authenticated based on the following validation checks:All video and audio translated and content checked by regional experts against known locations and eventsVideo is consistent with independent AP reporting Video cleared for use by all AP clients by third party permissionSHAM NEWS NETWORK - AP CLIENTS ONLYSHAM NEWS NETWORK IS A LOOSELY ORGANISED ANTI-ASSAD GROUP BASED IN AND OUT OF SYRIA WHICH POSTS VIDEO AND STILL IMAGES OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ON THE INTERNET. THEY CLAIM THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY CONNECTION TO SYRIAN OPPOSITION PARTIES OR ANY OTHER STATESSHOTLIST1. Moving shot as camera runs towards scene of blast where two huge plumes of black smoke emanate from a petrol station that has been attacked in Mleiha town on the outskirts of Damascus UPSOUND (Arabic) "Shelling of Mleha town January 2nd 2013. God is great. MiG warplanes bombing the town."2. Pan of scene3. Tilt down to bloodstains on the ground 4. Walking shot of scene, pan5. Pan left to large fire and what appears to be a charred body on a motorcycle in the flames, brief zoom ++SERIOUS GRAPHIC WARNING++6. Pan to bodies coming out from rubble UPSOUND (Arabic) "Oh, Bashar (Assad) may God's curse fall on you. Tens of martyrs."7. Mid of fire as survivor climbs out of the burning wreckage and is helped by two men8. Pan of sceneSTORYLINEActivists say dozens of people have been killed or wounded in an air raid on a gas station near the capital Damascus.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say the airstrike occurred Wednesday in the eastern Damascus suburb of Mleiha.An amateur video posted online showed several charred and mutilated bodies.It also showed several vehicles on fire as black smoke billowed from the Nawras Gas Station.Survivors were helped out of the burning wreckage, only narrowly escaping with their lives."Oh, Bashar (Assad) may God's curse fall on you. Tens of martyrs," shouted one man, off camera. The videos appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting on the events depicted.