Syria: Twin car bombs in Damascus kill at least 34 people

Dozens of people were killed Wednesday morning in four consecutive explosions that rocked a pro-regime suburb of the Syrian capital.

Twin car bombings first struck Jaramana around rush hour near the town’s main square. An eyewitness told activists that the first bomb went off near the entrance of a building and as people gathered to help the injured a nearby Mercedes also exploded. Witnesses reported many bodies lying in the street and photos from the scene showed damaged buildings and cars under rubble.

Soon after planted explosives were set off on the nearby Qariyat highway, said Damascus activist Alexia Jade.

The Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the last two explosions happened in Damascus in the Nahda and Qerayyat neighborhoods.

The opposition reported 45 people were killed, mostly civilians, and state media said the death toll was 34. Many more are injured, some in critical condition.

Jaramana is a mostly pro-government town but has also become a safe haven for many refugees fleeing violence in nearby areas. But this was not the first time the town has been attacked.

State media blamed the bombings on “terrorists,” the catch-all term the government has used to describe the opposition since the beginning of the uprising last year.

Opposition activists said no rebel group had claimed responsibility for the bombings and they pinned the blame on the government. Ambulances and state media were on the scene almost immediately, they said.

“Checkpoints surround Jaramana from all sides and are manned by the People’s Committee, so where did the car bombs enter from?” Jade said. “It is just a message of fear for the residents of Jaramana.”

Jaramana’s hospital was inundated with victims and many had to be transferred elsewhere.

Schools that were already in session closed for the day and parents rushed to pick up their children, Jade said.

Roads around the town were closed in the wake of the bombings and security forces and members of the pro-regime People’s Committee were patrolling throughout the area, activists reported.

“Till this moment indications are that the regime was behind it,” Jade said. “And if (a rebel group) claims responsibility I’m going to be angry, because there are civilians lying in the street.”

LA Times

  • CrazyArabs

    Who is the lesser of the two evils?  Both sides show disregard for civilian deaths.  Why would the rebels target civilians? I thought thats what had been shifting international sentiment in their favor.

    • Moe28

       FSA Terrorists stating they will kill every Christian, Alawi, Druze, Shia, family man women or child in Syria
      http://www.youtube.Com/watch?v=x-skGau8bfc&feature=plcp

      • Prophettttt

        This Guy had the nerve(and stupidity) to end his statement of threats and promises of killing of  innocent people(families of army officers and soldiers )with “long live  free Syria”.Do these people listen to themselves when they speak? Are supporters of freedom and advocates of democracy listening? In plain English, He said that the so called free Syrian army will execute the families of the Army personal who would not defect from the national army.

  • CrazyArabs

    Who is the lesser of the two evils?  Both sides show disregard for civilian deaths.  Why would the rebels target civilians? I thought thats what had been shifting international sentiment in their favor.

    • Moe28

       FSA Terrorists stating they will kill every Christian, Alawi, Druze, Shia, family man women or child in Syria
      http://www.youtube.Com/watch?v=x-skGau8bfc&feature=plcp

      • Prophettttt

        This Guy had the nerve to end his statement of threats and promises of killing of  innocent people with “long live  free Syria”.Do these people listen to themselves when they speak? 

  • Btru2u

    Assads fingerprints are all over it.

    • Moe28

      Wahhabi Saud Al Qaeda, They did the Same in Iraq 25 Shia dead in a similar bomb yesterday.

    • FreetheME

      Your a joke Btru2u, Always blaming Assad or Iran or Hezbollah. I bet if the FSA were not Sunni you would blame them for this. It is as clear as daylight now, most sunni’s dislike Assad, Iran and Hezbollah for simple reason that they are not Sunni.

  • Btru2u

    Assads fingerprints are all over it.

    • Moe28

       Wahhabi Saud Al Qaeda, They do the Same in Iraq 25 Shia dead in a similar bomb yesterday.

    • FreetheME

      Your a joke Btru2u, Always blaming Assad or Iran or Hezbollah. I bet if the FSA were not Sunni you would blame them for this. It is as clear as daylight now, most sunni’s dislike Assad, Iran and Hezbollah for simple reason that they are not Sunni.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZUP5FQOGLZX2CDKYSMHWI4YRI Omeriko Omeriko

    Those who committed this atrocity are terrorists, criminals and murderes, even if they are allegedly anti-Assad dictatorship. What is the idea of killing innocent Christians and Druze civilians? I don’t understand this twisted logic of the rebels unless they want an overall Sunni-Jihad war against everybody. 

    In Lebanon there are Druze and Christian opponents of Assad , I can’t imagine what they fill today while their fellow co-religionists are murdered by those “Democrats”. A real tragedy, I’m honestly sorry for the ordinary people of Syria, caught in a cruel chess game between Assad & Iran to the radical Sunnis supported by Turkey, Qatar and Egypt. There’s Syrian blood not only on Assad’s hands, but also on Erdogan’s.

    My condolences for the ordinary civilians killed in Syria by both sides.

    • FreetheME

      Good to see that you acknowledge that it takes two to tango.

    • nagy_michael2

      Omeriko notice it said twin car bombings not suicide bombings. Most bombings of Islamit Jihad are suicidal in nature. Assad would sacrifice his own people just to prove his point. Having said that I really doubt any FSA group have done it period. if the emergencies were in place quick, that tells you it was expected and well planned. Assad is desperate to have Alwaiites group join more in the fightings let alone Christians and Druse.
      Christians admit  they are afraid of assad but of course they would be afraid more of fanatic muslims taken over Syria. This is all a side show for Assad to prove to the world this is a work of the terrorists not freedom fighters. Those who bomb children last week you think would care if christians and druse are killed? In lebanon even SSNP was pitted against another SSNP group in the North even though both supported Syria. Yet at the time Ghazi Kanaan wanted to eliminate one group and they managed to kill 24 SSNP memebers. the logic of Syria regime is chaos and they don’t know anything else. Its sad how a man born in syria an was treated very well in his country to turn on it and be a traitor.. he’s nothing but a madman just like Nassrallah and tweety Aoun..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZUP5FQOGLZX2CDKYSMHWI4YRI Omeriko Omeriko

    Those who committed this atrocity are terrorists, criminals and murderes, even if they are allegedly anti-Assad dictatorship. What is the idea of killing innocent Christians and Druze civilians? I don’t understand this twisted logic of the rebels unless they want an overall Sunni-Jihad war against everybody. 

    In Lebanon there are Druze and Christian opponents of Assad , I can’t imagine what they fill today while their fellow co-religionists are murdered by those “Democrats”. A real tragedy, I’m honestly sorry for the ordinary people of Syria, caught in a cruel chess game between Assad & Iran to the radical Sunnis supported by Turkey, Qatar and Egypt. There’s Syrian blood not only on Assad’s hands, but also on Erdogan’s.

    My condolences for the ordinary civilians killed in Syria by both sides.

    • FreetheME

      Good to see that you acknowledge that it takes to tango.

    • nagy_michael2

      Omeriko notice it said twin car bombings not suicide bombings. Most bombings of Islamit Jihad are suicidal in nature. Assad would sacrifice his own people just to prove his point. Having said that I really doubt any FSA group have done it period. if the emergencies were in place quick, that tells you it was expected and well planned. Assad is desperate to have Alwaiites group join more in the fightings let alone Christians and Druse.
      Christians admit  they are afraid of assad but of course they would be afraid more of fanatic muslims taken over Syria. This is all a side show for Assad to prove to the world this is a work of the terrorists not freedom fighters. Those who bomb children last week you think would care if christians and druse are killed? In lebanon even SSNP was pitted against another SSNP group in the North even though both supported Syria. Yet at the time Ghazi Kanaan wanted to eliminate one group and they managed to kill 24 SSNP memebers. the logic of Syria regime is chaos and they don’t know anything else. Its sad how a man born in syria an was treated very well in his country to turn on it and be a traitor.. he’s nothing but a madman just like Nassrallah and tweety Aoun..

  • Prophettttt

    That’s the work of  the “freedom fighters and democracy seekers” of Syria.Blowing up innocent civilians in order to achieve “democracy” for their children. How promising are these so called “freedom fighters ” . Worst of all, they kill and blow people up in the name of God,as if God appointed them to do his wish list,so that they go to heaven after death. Well, If there was a heaven that would accept people like these, I would not want to go to such a heaven.

  • Prophettttt

    That’s the work of  the “freedom fighters and democracy seekers” of Syria.Blowing up innocent civilians in order to achieve democracy for their children. How promising are these so called “freedom fighters ” . Worst of all, they kill and blow people up in the name of God,as if God appointed them to do his wish list.