Syria state TV: Powerful blast rattles Damascus

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV says a powerful explosion has hit the nation's capital, causing an unknown number of casualties.

State TV says the blast rattled the Damascus neighborhood of Ruken al-Deen late Saturday.

Residents confirmed they heard a large explosion and that it that shook the area.

No further details were immediately available.