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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ 
A Syrian Air copilot waits for take off instructions at Damascus International Airport on a flight bound for the northern coastal city of Latakia on May 15, 2013. International sanctions have piled up against the Syrian national carrier but the airline is operating at full capacity as civil war has made domestic road travel perilous and Syrian expatriates have few alternatives to get home to see family. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ 
A Syrian Air copilot waits for take off instructions at Damascus International Airport on a flight bound for the northern coastal city of Latakia on May 15, 2013. International sanctions have piled up against the Syrian national carrier but the airline is operating at full capacity as civil war has made domestic road travel perilous and Syrian expatriates have few alternatives to get home to see family. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

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A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. CNN's Ian Lee has more.

Explosion rocks Damascus airport

A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. CNN's Ian Lee has more.