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Sunday, March 18, 2007 

Four people killed near Aleppo in building collapse [UPDATED]

Four people have died after a building collapsed near Aleppo.

Witnesses say the bodies of a five-year-old child, two women and a man were removed from the rubble in the poor area of Bustan Al-Basha in the province of Aleppo.

Cracks appeared an hour before, and most of the residents rushed outside - it could've been far worse.

The five-storey apartment block was completely destroyed and a neighbouring building was damaged. A firefighter has also been injured, and one person is missing.

It's thought to have happened because of poor construction, and a sewage leak in the basement. The building was put up quickly, during the construction rush in the early 1970s. An investigation is underway.

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