State media reported on Monday that two people had been killed by a car bombing in the Syrian province of Hama, while 11 others died after a blast in Mezzeh, a predominantly pro-government district in the capital of Damascus. One rebel group claimed that at least 50 soldiers and militiamen were killed in the Hama bombing. The violence came as the main opposition coalition, the Syrian National Council, announced that it had broadened its membership to more than 400, taking in activists and groups from inside Syria. The move, announced at a meeting in Qatar, seeks to deflect criticism that the exile-led coalition fails to represent those on the ground in Syria.
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