Five bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Aleppo have left 33 people dead and dozens wounded, according to government officials.

The blasts resulted in scenes of carnage with several buildings levelled and rubble and craters strewn across roads.

Four blasts at short intervals, thought to be from car bombs, hit Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, near a military officers' club, a hotel and the Chamber of Commerce, while a fifth bomb struck a few hundred metres away.

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In this photo by the Syrian official news agency SANA, men walk between destroyed buildings after the explosions

According to The Daily Telegraph, a state television reporter said: "Five minutes after the first explosion a second bomb exploded. A third exploded ten minutes after that. There was a fourth car bomb which exploded before engineering units could defuse it."

Most of the casualties were civilians, according to the BBC. It said pro-government al-Ikhbariya TV filmed bodies being pulled from the rubble.

Shortly after the blasts three men wearing suicide belts were shot dead before they could detonate their devices.

Aleppo has seen fierce fighting between rebels and government forces in the past few months, with the UN estimating that 200,000 civilians have fled as a result.

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A little girl lies dead in the streets of Aleppo on Tuesday, reportedly from government shelling - though this can't be confirmed

At least 30,000 people have been killed since protests against President Bashar al-Assad broke out in February 2011.

More than 700,000 refugees could flee Syria by the end of the year, the United Nations has warned.

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  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian men carry a dead body at the scene where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security officers run at the scene in front of destroyed buildings where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a bulldozer removes the wreckage of a destroyed buildings where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, destroyed buildings at the scene where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security officers gather at the scene in front of destroyed buildings where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians walk past a crater caused by an explosion at the scene where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • This image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show smoke rising from buildings following a huge explosion in Saadallah al-Jabri Square in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

  • This image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show smoke rising from buildings following a huge explosion in Saadallah al-Jabri Square in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

  • Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The U.N.'s deputy secretary-general says U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon made a strong appeal to Syria's foreign minister to stop using heavy weapons against civilians and reduce the violence that is killing 100 to 200 people every day.(AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security officers, according to SANA gather around three dead suicide bombers, wearing the uniforms of the Syrian army who were killed by security forces before blowing themselves up at the scene where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. Three powerful explosions rocked the main square in a government-controlled central district of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run TV said. Activists reported multiple casualties and heavy material damage. (AP Photo/SANA)