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Blasts jolt Syria; blame put on Israel

BEIRUT — Four huge explosions just west of Damascus shook the ground across the Syrian capital early Sunday, sending fiery mushroom-shaped clouds towering over the landmark Mount Qasioun and brightening the night sky in a demonstration of firepower larger than anything the residents of the capital have witnessed during more than two years of civil war.

The Syrian government immediately blamed Israel for the explosions, which seemed far beyond the capabilities of the rebel arsenal. Israeli officials refused to confirm their forces carried out the strikes, which the Syrian deputy foreign minister called ‘‘an act of war.’’

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