At least 18 people, including
women and children, were killed by a car bomb that went off near
a school in the village of Al-Kafat in central Syria on
Thursday, a monitoring group said.
The death toll was likely to rise because some of the dozens
of people wounded were in critical condition, the Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
, in the central Hama province, is home to members
's Ismaili Shi'ite Muslim minority. The rebels fighting
to overthrow President Bashar Assad
, an Alawite, are