Deadly explosion rocks Syrian capital Damascus

syria damascus rocked by bombAn explosion rocked the southern edge of Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday morning, Syrian state media has reported.

The head of the city’s civil defence, Asef Hababe, told Reuters the blast came from military technicians detonating a bomb.

State TV had said earlier that initial reports pointed to a terrorist attack, and that a number of people were injured.

The state outlet did not provide any more details on the incident.

Government media subsequently stopped reporting on the blast.

‘ Death toll couldn’t  be verified’

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group, said the blast struck near a security post. “There are some people killed and injured but we could not verify the toll immediately,” the monitor told AFP.

It was unclear if the blast was caused by a bomb that was planted or a suicide attack, according to the monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside the country.

Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of people, forced more than half its pre-war population from their homes and dragged in global powers.

With Russian and Iranian help, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military has beaten back rebels and the Islamic State group to restore control over most of the country.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

  • Niemals

    Air strikes on military targets in Syria are rarely officially endorsed by Israel. But suddenly the country shows itself unusually communicative.

    The Israeli Defense Forces have hit several Iranian targets near the Syrian capital Damascus. An Iranian official has threatened retaliation against Israel, saying his forces are ready to “wipe it off the earth.”

    “We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory,” Israel’s military wrote on Twitter, referring to an elite branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.”

    Interestingly ‘exchange of warwords of messages’ between enemies on Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/fireboy01111/status/1087298248317063168

    The same Partisangirl is the ONLY ONE that knows best, like her claim that “The girl who was murdered in Melbourne today, #AiiaMaasarwe was Palestinian, the media is falsely labelling her #Israeli. To what end?”.
    Indeed to what end, while the international press have headlines “Aiia Maasarwe: Arrest over killing of Israeli student in Melbourne”
    A man has been arrested over the killing of a 21-year-old Israeli student in Melbourne, Australian police say.
    The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city’s north. She had taken a tram home late on Tuesday after a comedy show.
    She was attacked while speaking on the phone to her sister, authorities said.
    A 20-year-old man was arrested in a nearby suburb on Friday.
    Victoria Police did not immediately provide further details but thanked the public for their help. (BBC)

    “MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man was charged on Saturday with the murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne amidst an outrage over violence against women in Australia’s second-largest city.

    Maasarwe, 21, an international exchange student, was killed when walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne earlier this week, with the police arresting the suspect on Friday.

    The police would not name the suspect but local media identified him as an aspiring songwriter and rapper and a squatter. He appeared in court on Saturday and did not apply for bail. He has been remanded in custody to re-appear in court on Monday.”
    However her soulmate Hind Abyad‏ at the same forum contradicted the Partisangirl by saying that the “Student Aya Masarwe was Palestinian Israeli” by referring to the Israeli press in her own tweet… 🤔 🤣