Car bomb explodes in Damascus; five killed and dozens wounded

Car bomb explodes in Damascus; five killed and dozens wounded

Damascus : Syria | Oct 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM PDT
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Syrian security forces and people inspect the site of a car bomb blast in the Mazzeh area of Damascus

A car bomb exploded near a playground in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least five people and wounding dozens, SANA news said on Friday.

“A terrorist car bomb attack in the neighborhood of Daf Shawk has caused casualties and significant material damage," the agency reported.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the explosion of a booby-trapped car outside the Omar bin Khattab mosque in the area known as Shorta in the Daf Shawk district killed and wounded dozens of people. Several buildings were damaged. The target appears to be Sunni civilians as Daf al-Shok is a predominantly Sunni district.

Activists said security forces have surrounded the site and fired in the air to prevent residents from approaching the scene.

Meanwhile, in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, three regime soldiers have been killed in a car bomb explosion and eight others were also injured in the bombing near a military checkpoint, SANA news reported. The injured were reported to be in critical condition.

Moreover, despite the temporary cease-fire, fighting took place in various parts of the country, including in and around Damascus, Aleppo and in the central city of Homs.

Fighting elsewhere saw rebels take control of a military post in the northeastern province of Raqa, regime forces bombing the Damascus suburb of Harasta and battles in the capital's southern areas of Tadamun and Qadam, SOHR said.

Syria's army command said in a statement that the Syrian army is fully committed to the truce and the forces were responding to attacks by armed rebels that violated the truce agreed to mark Eid al-Adha.


The Damascus bombing was before Daraa's blast. This means that forces of Bashar al-Assad’s regime carried out these explosions, which targeted a residential area with a Sunni majority. The reply in Daraa was by the Free Syrian Army. This is proof that the regime was not serious in accepting the truce, the regime's goal was for media purposes only, to show the international community that the regime of Assad is keen to calm and wants a political solution for the Syrian crisis.

I was very sure that the Free Syrian Army would act intelligently, therefore they replied after several hours of the continuous violation to the truce agreement.

After all, the bombings indicate the executor. Certainly the bloody regime was responsible for Damascus bombing, and the second blast targeted the regime forces. For sure, the Free Syrian Army will announce his responsibility for it, because he has the courage which the bloody regime led by Assad lacks.

After the failure of this so-called temporary truce, anyone will think a million times before trying to solve the Syrian crisis diplomatically. What happened and what is still happening every hour in Syria requires the intervention of the international community in all ways, even if the military solution is the only choice, so as to save what is left of Syria, and before history writes that the world was Bashar's partner in the ongoing massacre.


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View of the Syrian capital Damascus in March
View of the Syrian capital Damascus in March
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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