Syria's state-run news agency says an artillery shell hit a petrol station in the central city of Homs, killing at least five people.

SANA says more than 30 others were wounded in the attack in the Inshaat neighborhood Wednesday as a fuel truck was delivering a shipment. It says the shell was fired from the rebel-held town of Talbiseh north of Homs.

Homs governor Talal Barazi says the explosion also caused significant material damage in the area.

Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad frequently fire shells and mortar rounds on government-held areas.