Explosion in Damascus Leaves 25 People Dead

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An explosion tore through a densely populated neighborhood in Damascus on Friday, killing 25 people and wounding dozens more in the second attack in the Syrian capital in two weeks, Syrian television and other state media reported.

Government media said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber at a busy intersection, and television broadcast images of a wrecked police bus, asphalt smeared with blood and glass and the shattered windshields of other vehicles. It said the blast was “a powerful explosion” in the neighborhood of Midan, which has proven restive, and it said both civilians and personnel with the security forces were wounded and killed.

Syrian television put the number of wounded at 46.

The attack came exactly two weeks after another bombing in Damascus, which killed 44 people. In the prevailing climate in the capital, where suspicions of any party’s intentions run rife, state media blamed “terrorists,” and a spokesman for an insurgent group suggested the government carried out the attack to sully the opposition’s image.

“We’re expecting more of these bombings in the coming days,” said Ammar al-Wawi, a defecting colonel reached by phone who works with an insurgent group called the Free Syrian Army. “This regime is seeing to spread chaos in Syria.”

The bombings Friday and in December seem to mark a potentially new chapter in the uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. While many protests across the country remain peaceful, the uprising itself has become more violent in past months. The bombings themselves recall another revolt in the late 1970s and 1980s that posed a sweeping challenge to the rule of Mr. Assad’s father, Hafez.

In a nearby neighborhood, Kafr Souseh, a 57-year-old resident reached by phone described a tense, chaotic aftermath in the capital, as government paramilitaries known as shabeeha moved through the streets around noon.

“I don’t know what’s happening today,” he said. “We heard about the explosion but right now shabeeha and security are shooting and arresting young men randomly.”

As he spoke by phone, he said he could see someone arrested from his window.

“Oh, my merciful God!” he started shouting.

The attack Friday came ahead of weekly protests that seem to have gathered more momentum since the arrival of an observer mission from the Arab League in December. Many protesters have expressed anger that the mission had done little to stem the bloodshed, and the demonstrations were expected to call for the Arab League to shift responsibility for the monitoring of human rights violations to the United Nations.

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Syrian TV pictures show the aftermath of a bomb explosion in Damascus on Friday
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8 responses to “Explosion in Damascus Leaves 25 People Dead”

  1. Sebouh80 Avatar

    It appears that American imperialism and EU and in alliance with the reactionary feudal regimes in the Gulf are deliberately creating a hostile enviornment in this part of the world.

    Of course, under the full cooperation of the right wing Syrian Muslim Brotherhood who are operating under the pseudo name of free Syrian army. Personally, I think these forces are trying to create a trap against the Assad regime and anticipating a response from him  and if that happens. Their representatives in Syrian national Council like Ghalioun and other stooges will ask the so called Arab league and international community to intervene militarily. 

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    Anonymous

    It appears that American imperialism and EU and in alliance with the reactionary feudal regimes in the Gulf are deliberately creating a hostile enviornment in this part of the world.

    Of course, under the full cooperation of the right wing Syrian Muslim Brotherhood who are operating under the pseudo name of free Syrian army. Personally, I think these forces are trying to create a trap against the Assad regime and anticipating a response from him  and if that happens. Their representatives in Syrian national Council like Ghalioun and other stooges will ask the so called Arab league and international community to intervene militarily. 

  3. rossoferrari Avatar
    rossoferrari

    Excuse me, Where did you get this information!!!!

  4. Michel Rehayem Avatar
    Michel Rehayem

    Excuse me, Where did you get this information!!!!

  5. Michel Rehayem Avatar
    Michel Rehayem

    Excuse me, Where did you get this information!!!!

  6. KhalidH Avatar

    Again the regime shoots itself in the foot, don’t ask me why it thinks this time we will believe its tall tales. 

    BTW youtube is afloat with vids showing SANA crew setting up the scene, one puts grocerybags near a puddle of blood the other arranges police gear on a bus etc. See next post for links. (since posting links seems to automatically qualify the comment for moderation)

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    Anonymous

    Again the regime shoots itself in the foot, don’t ask me why it thinks this time we will believe its tall tales. 

    BTW youtube is afloat with vids showing SANA crew setting up the scene, one puts grocerybags near a puddle of blood the other arranges police gear on a bus etc. See next post for links. (since posting links seems to automatically qualify the comment for moderation)

  8. KhalidH Avatar

    As promised, posted on 6/1/12 at 7.43 Beirut time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pYm91zdTgcs  Notice how the anchor goes silent
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wmkak8eReY4  Pay attention to first few seconds, placing police shield into back of bus to appear as though it was there all along + others

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