Violence escalates in Damascus

Rick Moran
Reuters is reporting at least 53 dead and more than 200 wounded in a car bomb blast outside of Baath party headquarters in Damascus. Meanwhile, the government bombed a civilian neighborhood in the capital killing 18 more: A car bomb killed 53 people and wounded 200 in central Damascus on Thursday when it blew up on a busy highway close to ruling Baath Party offices and the Russian Embassy, Syrian television said. TV footage showed charred and bloodied bodies strewn across the street after the blast, which state media said was the result of a suicide bombing by "terrorists" battling President Bashar al-Assad. Central Damascus has been relatively insulated from almost two years of unrest and civil war in which around 70,000 people have been killed across the country, but the bloodshed has shattered suburbs around the capital. Rebels who control districts to the south and east of Damascus have attacked Assad's power base for nearly a month and struck with devastating bombs ...(Read Full Post)

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