A taxi car blew up outside a police station in the Syrian capital Damascus in Christian central Bab Touma neighborhood in the ancient quarter in central on Sunday , which was a public holiday for Syria's Christian minority
At least 13 people were killed and 29 wounded according to Syrian Ministry of Interior which described it as an act of terror. this was overshadowed a blast in neighboring Lebanon killed a top security chief two days ago
The palce occured in it the blast consider as historic landmarks was visited by tourist also bought antiques form bazaars speard around the old quarter of Damascus while this neighborhood mainly are inhabited by Christians and other minorities like Shiite Muslims.
Syrian capital Damascus and Aleppo has witnessed other blasts this month have targeted military and security buildings during the war against al-Assad's security forces . Islamist groups and opposition rebels have claimed responsibility for prior attacks
Meanwhile President Bashar al-Assad has met on Sunday October 21 with international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi who is pressing for a temporary ceasefire in Syria's civil war Syrian state television says In a statement after the talks with Mr Brahimi, Mr Assad said: "Syria is open to any sincere efforts for a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on respect for Syria's sovereignty and the rejection of outside intervention." while peace envoy said "All the opposition members we met outside the country as well as the officials in the neighbouring countries said that it is a good idea,", according to BBC
The United Nations and activist groups place the death toll of the Syrian conflict between 20,000 and 30,000 people have been killed in the uprising against Assad has been going on for 18 months . An estimated 100,000 refugees mostly women and children, have sought refuge in Turkey since the start of the conflic in Syria are now housed in Turkish camps.
Last week Brahimi called on Iranian authorities for helping him in achieving a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha made the call in talks with Iranian leaders during a visit to Tehran, as part of a regional tour .
"I appeal to everyone to take a unilateral decision to cease hostilities on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and that this truce be respected from today or tomorrow," Brahimi told reporters,
Meanwhile , UN rights chief Navi Pillay called on the world at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva October 18, 2012 to prevent another slaughter like that of 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995 ,Srebrenica was the worst massacre happen on European since World War Two
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