Blast rocks Syria's capital

2012-06-28 14:00

Damascus - A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital on Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

The state TV said the explosion was in the parking lot of the Palace of Justice, a compound that houses several courts. The nature of Thursday's blast was not immediately clear.

Syria has been hit by a wave of massive explosions in recent months, killing dozens of people. Most of the explosions targeted the security agencies of President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting to end a 15-month-old uprising against his rule.

Last month, an explosion targeted a military intelligence compound south of Damascus killing 55 people. It was Syria's deadliest blast.

Much of the violence that has gripped Syria since the uprising began has been sanctioned by the government to crush dissent.

But rebel fighters are launching increasingly deadly attacks on regime targets, and several massive suicide attacks this year suggest al-Qaeda or other extremists are joining the fray.

  • henry.bosman.5 - 2012-06-28 15:23

    Can news24 bring us some news on the Turkish military build up on Syria's border please?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-28 16:53

    This is the problem with dictators, they hardly ever leave volutary. This assad is also going to be forced to take a ride on the back of a bakkie !!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-29 00:23

    If there was censure for writing the same bone-headed comments time after time, without bothering to pay attention to other things happening in the discussion , and without making the slightest intellectual effort to entertain other ideas that are batted back and forth, Fred and Anthony would surely earn it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-29 02:37

      It's good to read this. As long as you're opposed to my views, I know I'm on the right track. Thanks.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-29 04:23

      Likewise !!

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