At least fifteen people have been killed, and many more injured in a major road accident on the main highway to Iraq.
It happened when a speeding truck crashed into a total of eighteen other vehicles. The cars were travelling slowly through a sandstorm, and that may have contributed to the lack of visibility.
All of the victims burned to death.
It happened on the desert highway, and ambulances and fire crews had to travel 200 kilometers from Damascus. It is thought that delay added to the death toll. One of the firefighters said it was the worst catastrophe he had seen in his career.