Air strike on Syrian gas station kills at least 30

An air strike in the Syrian province of Raqqa hit a gas station, killing and injuring at least 100 people, according to reports.

The information was released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group with a network of activists on the ground in Syria.

"At least 30 people were killed and 83 were injured, although unconfirmed sources say the number of dead was actually more than 50," the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

According to the Local Coordination Committee of Syria, more than 70 people were wounded and are being treated at local hospitals.

This latest escalation of violence in the 18-month uprising came as the Dutch Foreign Minister hosted a "Friends of Syria" meeting in The Hague to refine sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria has been torn by a civil conflict for 17 months. The uprising against President Assad has claimed over 15,000 lives. Nearly 150,000 Syrian refugees have registered in the four neighboring countries since the conflict began.