Damascus explosions kill at least 54 as violence continues
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Damascus explosions kill at least 54 as violence continues

Damascus : Syria | Nov 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM PST
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Damascus explosions kill at least 54 as violence continues

More than 54 people were killed and about 120 injured as a result of five explosions in the Jaramana neighborhood in the Damascus countryside Wednesday.

SANA news reported that two cars laden with large quantities of explosives detonated in the main square of Jaramana, killing and wounding a number of citizens and causing great material damage in buildings and stores.

Syria's pro-regime media Addounia TV said that these twin blasts concurred with two other explosions that hit Al-Nahda neighborhood in Jaramana, causing only material damage.

The Jaramana neighborhood is populated mostly by Christians and Druze, a minority sect mostly loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Al-Nahda neighborhood is home to a number of military Syrian officials who follow the Alawite sect, as well as armed pro-regime popular defense committees, who are followed by Shabiha.

However, Jaramana was targeted on Oct. 29 after the assassination of the director of intelligence in Lebanon. This was a message addressed to the international community that the Christian neighborhoods in Lebanon and Syria are being targeted by al-Qaida.

A resident of Jaramana told Reuters on condition of anonymity that rebels had been repeatedly forbidden by local Druze elders to operate in the district, which borders the capital's center where government offices are located.

At the same time, Syrian TV said that three policemen have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb attack carried out near the house of a leading member of Syria’s ruling Baath party in the city of Daraa.

According to the report, some of the nearby buildings were also damaged due to the massive explosion.

Moreover, SANA news also reported that eight terrorists were killed near Damascus while they tried to booby-trap a car with a bomb.

SANA did not mention where those eight were killed, knowing that sources in the Free Syrian army denied the news of killing. The source added that the Free Syrian Army is not responsible for the bombings in Damascus. He also confirmed that the Syrian regime is responsible for bombings in Damascus, to cover his losses on the ground and draw the attention to the possibility that Syria is targeted by al-Qaida.

Meanwhile, Free Syrian Army fighters shot down a MiG fighter jet with a surface-to-air missile. It crashed at Daret Ezza.

Activists said the warplane came down in a massive explosion, leaving behind a plume of smoke. A journalist reporting several kilometers (miles) away from where the jet was downed added that the fighters captured one of the pilots. As of now, the fate of the second pilot is still unknown.

It is worth mentioning that the downing of MiG aircraft came a day after Free Syrian fighters downed a regime helicopter for the first time with a newly used ground-to-air missile.

Opinion:

I can assure you that the Syrian regime is living in real trouble. The regime had no other choices except carrying out bombings in places that are not of an interest to the Free Syrian Army. At the same time and despite the fact that the Free Syrian Army did not announce its responsibility for the bombing of Al-Nahda neighborhood, I still have no doubt that, the Free Syrian Army is responsible for it, as it was specifically targeting the Baath Party leadership in Damascus and perhaps military officials or politicians, too.

The bombing of Jaramana area is an unsuccessful attempt by the regime to give the impression that al-Qaida is destroying Syria. From here, I link between the bombing and the news which I published earlier, through Allvoices, under the title "Syrian regime names 142 slain foreign fighters from 18 countries," This news was published before the regime carried out that crime in Jaramana.

I think that the Syrian regime has gone crazy and does not know how to act or deal with the victories of the Free Syrian Army, which has apparently benefited greatly from striking the military bases of the regime, in which they seized surface-to-air missiles. Therefore, for sure the Russians are annoyed to know that their warplanes are being downed everyday by the Free Syrian fighters. This is considered a blow to the Russian weapons.

I think that the Free Syrian Army, during the last two weeks, was able to mark more achievements than it did in the past 19 months of fighting the terrorist regime in Damascus. Apparently, the Free Syrian Army is despairing from the international community to give them real help. Therefore, they are working on the ground, relying on God and on their elements who are sincere to Syria and the Syrian people.

As for Daraa bombing, the aim is clear. As far as I know, the car bomb exploded in front of the home of Baath Party secretary, Hussein Rifai, in the city of Daraa. Rifai is known to be one of the Syrian regime elements therein. He is also responsible for a large number of pro-regime Shabiha. Some people say he has been killed, but others deny his death.

News from Damascus states that the Foreign Minister of regime, Walid Muallem, is apparently with Farouq al-Shara in one prison. The reason is that Walid Muallem, according to opposition sources, tried to contact the opposition so as to escape from the hell of the regime. This explains the reason that there is no news about Mualem for more than two months.

So far there is nothing from a reliable source clear to support this news.

Sources:

http://news.yahoo.com/explosions-syrian-capital-damascus-casualties-reported-070145704.html

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=293734

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20523039

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/29/252393.html

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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