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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Five killed and 32 injured after a car bomb in southern Damascus


At least five people have died and thirty were injured in the explosion of a car bomb of great proportions in southern Damascus, as reported by a local television station. It seems that the explosion occurred near a playground enabled to celebrate the Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid al Adha. Several buildings have been damaged. Syrian state television said that "a terrorist car bomb" had exploded in Daf al-Shok and there wounded, including children, and extensive property damage. Daf al-Shok is close distriro Nisreen, inhabited mainly by members of the Alawite sect of Bashar AssadSyrian state television has indicated that the death toll is provisional, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights spoke of "tens of victims." The opposition group General Commission of the Syrian Revolution (CGRS) has released a video, whose authenticity could not be confirmed, with horrific images of the explosion, which show how the facades of the surrounding buildings have collapsed in the magnitude of the outbreak . According to this group, most of the victims of the blast were children .
Without respecting the truce
Both the Army and the rebels had agreed to a truce during the Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid al Adha, which will last four days.However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the ceasefire did not last three hours. Besides the car bombing, three people died in Harasta, on the outskirts of Damascus, by army gunfire and snipers. There were also clashes in the city of Maarat to Numan, in the province of Idlib and in Homs, which left at least 10 dead, according to the Local Coordination Committees. The fighting in the town of Idlib began when fighters tried to storm a military base , it was said. Among the fighters in Idlib are members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda Front near Al Nusra, which rejects ceasefire. There was also an incident in the southern province of Daraa , where security forces fired on demonstrators, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Three people were injured.

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