Suicide bomb blasts kill 55, injure 372 in Damascus
DAMASCUS: Two powerful explosions that struck Damascus on Thursday were carried out by suicide bombers and killed at least 55 people while wounding another 372, Syria's interior ministry said.
The bombers used more than 1,000 kilogrammes of explosives in their vehicles, the ministry said, cited by state television.
Previously, state media said the blasts killed 40 people and injured nearly 200.
Meanwhile the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the toll was 59, and included civilians and regime forces.
"The toll has risen to 59 killed and hundreds of injured," the Britain-based monitor said.
The blasts took place near a nine-storey security building, the facade of which was destroyed along with several surrounding residential complexes, an AFP correspondent reported.
The blasts prompted UN observer chief Major General Robert Mood to appeal for help to end the bloodshed ravaging Syria.
Gruesome footage of the aftermath of the explosions, which rocked Qazzaz district during the morning rush hour, was aired on state television, which blamed the near simultaneous attacks on "terrorists."http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 90/1/.html
Noentry wrote:That is terrible Proto
Yes it is terrible indeed .
Noentry wrote:My parents worked in Syria for a few years and they never had a problem over there. They rather enjoyed their time there.
Really ? mind if i ask in what did they worked ?
until 14 months ago Syria was completely different country .
Noentry wrote:This is bad news. President al-Assad needs to step down before more innocents die.
I dont think Assad will ever step down voluntarily , UN estimates 9000 death's in the last
14 months , the opposition and free Syrian army estimated more then 10000 dead ,
this horrible act is sadly just another day on the last year daily Syrian bloodbath .
'Last chance' to avoid civil war in Syria: Annan
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said his peace plan could be the last chance to avoid civil war in Syria, where a truce has failed to end 14 months of bloodshed that monitors say has killed nearly 12,000 people.
Annan told the UN Security Council that the priority in Syria is "to stop the killing," and expressed concern that torture, mass arrests and other human rights violations are intensifying.
Regime forces "continue to press against the population," despite a putative truce that started on April 12, but attacks are more discrete because of the presence of UN military observers, diplomats quoted him as saying.
"The biggest priority, first of all we need to stop the killing," Annan told reporters in Geneva, adding that his six-point peace plan is "the only remaining chance to stabilise the country."
Annan briefed the council on his efforts to get President Bashar al-Assad to implement the plan, which he said was possibly "the last chance to avoid civil war."http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/2 ... y-in-syria