Syria: At Least 10 Killed, Many Of Them Women And Children, After Another Car Bombing In Christian Suburb Of Damascus
By Chana Ya’ar, INN – “At least ten people were killed and 41 others were wounded Monday in a car bombing on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus. The blast blew apart pieces of surrounding buildings in the Christian and Druze suburb of Jaramana.
Syrian state television said a ‘terrorist car bomb’ was responsible for the deaths, which included women and children, near a bakery in the southeastern district controlled by loyalists fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.
The attack came in between fierce air strikes against the area by Syrian government warplanes determined to erase rebel targets in the capital. Chunks of concrete and other building materials dropped from surrounding balconies on to cars parked in the residential area of the attack.
A similar car bombing killed 15 people in Damascus on Friday, state media reported.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least six air raids were carried out on Damascus suburbs on Monday alone. It was to be the fourth and final day of a ‘ceasefire’ between government troops and opposition fighters in observance of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. But the so-called ‘truce’ was violated nearly from the moment it was declared, a cynical prediction that had been made to media by officers from both sides at the start.” Read more.
Flashback: Syria: Car Bomb Timed To Detonate In Christian Quarter Of Damascus As People Were Travelling To Church, 10 Killed – “A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the Old City of Damascus on Sunday, drawing the city’s historical Christian quarter into the civil war… ‘The bomb exploded as people were moving to go to Churches for Sunday mass. It exploded just outside the police station. There was a bus stop right beside it … Terrorists are doing this,’ said George, a Christian who, like many residents in Bab Touma lives in fear of the rebel fighters trying to gain control of the capital.” Read more.