Car bomb in Damascus suburb kills five

2012-09-03 16:10

Beirut - A car bomb on Monday ripped through Jaramana, a mainly Christian and Druze suburb of Damascus, killing at least five people, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Another 27 people were injured in the blast, said the Britain-based monitoring group, adding that the attack struck the area of Al-Wehdeh on the edges of Jaramana.

Syrian state news agency Sana blamed the attack on a "terrorist group".

"An explosive device planted in a car by an armed terrorist group went off in the Al-Wehdeh area of Jaramana," Sana said, adding that the casualties included women and children.

Many of the wounded were being taken away in ambulances, said an AFP correspondent at the scene, adding that the blast caused heavy damage to one building, with one of its balconies completely destroyed.

This is not the first time the southeastern suburb has been hit by a car bomb.

On 28 August at least 27 people attending a funeral for two supporters of the Damascus regime were killed in a similar attack, according to the Observatory

"There is an increase of the use of car bombs in Syria," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Observatory, told AFP.

"At the same time, men in Jaramana - most of whose residents are pro-regime - have taken up arms to defend their district. This means that the regime has really lost control and the capacity to defend even its supporters."

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-09-03 16:49

    Wow and this is supposedly an uprising by the SNC aimed at bringing freedom from the same people who they are killing in car bomb attacks. The west sees clearly that they are not able to effect regime change in Syria because the people of Syria wont allow that they now resort to killing them for not contending to their hegemonic tendencies. This is a proxy war fought by the terrorists on behalf of their handlers the west

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-03 17:20

      Of course these terrorists will sustain this terror as they do not want to forego paid work by the Saudis and their side kicks.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-03 17:26

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela isa phony, a lackey of the West. His comment here is consistent with that obviously faulty and arrogant belief.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-03 17:34

      Joseph, you have tied yourself into a knot. That is why this is not making sense to you. Jihadists make up a small minority of those removing Assad from unelected power. Like the PAC and Communist Party in pre-1994 South Africa. Assad was handed power by his father. He is in control of the Syrian state and its military. He is trying to use these to destroy Syrians and their families who want free and fair elections, the same as we have here in South Africa, the same that your ancestors fought for. It is shocking that you, as an ANC supporter, would deny Syrians the same rights that your ancestors fought for and which you enjoy. I strongly recommend that you educate yourself more, and above all drop that immature anti-West rhetoric that you've latched onto. It is distorting your view of reality and making you look stupid.

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-03 20:26

      Fred,please stop insulting our great nelson mandela by making fun of his strugle, otherwise somebody ia gonna kick your ass!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-03 20:48

      . You just suck this BS out of your thumb, so you spew out some anti Western crap !!! That's all !! ""The west sees clearly that they are not able to effect regime change in Syria because...."" Maybe, just maybe, one day you will learn the difference between 'supporting' a regime change, and actually 'engaging' in one. You should ask Fidel to give you a history lesson, ( she will love it !! ) Ask her about bombs going off in SA , during the freedom struggle, that were planted by by the Nats security forces, and than made out to be that the ANC were blowing up their own people. Makes one think, does it not, but there again, maybe not with you !!!! In any case don't take this Patrick serious; He was wrong with his comments re Tunesia, than with Egypt, and than very very wrong Libya, they are wrong with Syria, and they are going to be wrong with Iran!! If you enjoy this kind of crap, than rather watch RT, and have a bit of comic throwen in with it!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 02:37

      Alex, that is what Fidel believes, not me. He said those words in the US/Mandela story a few weeks ago.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 02:55

      One more thing Alex: does SA and the world not have enough violence that you want to add to it?

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-09-03 23:57

    @Fred It's a known fact that atleast 40% of those fighting the regime are foreign terrorists. Those who were opposing the Apartheid regime were overwhelmingly South African. It was also revealed that Qatar tried to bribe a Syrian ambassador to defect, clearly proving that Mr Assad was right when he said that they are fighting a foreign sponsored war. The Apartheid regime never wanted to negotiate with the ANC, PAC etc, the Assad regime said it was willing to enter into dialogue with the opposition. The SNC rejected the offer for dialogue and boycotted the referendum that was held in that country @Anthony U are arguing against yourself. You seem to be insinuating that the Syrian regime is killing it's own supporters. That's just an absurd assumption. The regimes which u mention were allies of the US. Obama's first trip to the North African region was to Egypt. Tunisia under Ben Ali was also an ally of the US. Libya is another case altogether. look at the situation the now. The is widespread killing, uncontrollable mallitia groups, the slaughtering of Africans, a government which can't maintain peace and the list goes on

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 02:53

      My goodness Joseph, how truly upside down you are. The Apartheid regime never wanted to negotiate with the ANC? I guess the whole world including the ANC has the story wrong then. Where does your "known fact" that "40% of those fighting the Assad regime are foreign terrorists" come from? If it is 40% (which it isn't) then even in your faulty paradigm the majority are Syrians. Hello! Everyone with a clear view knows the West is doing virtually nothing to help. This is why a few months ago Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey announced they would. Hello! again. That is why Qatar did what it did. This doesn't prove Assad is "fighting a foreign sponsored war". That's what Assad wants you to believe and you're not being smart enough to see through it. Lastly, you obviously missed the first eleven months of what happened. Assad killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators with SNIPER FIRE, detained, tortured and had raped tens of thousands more Syrians and their families. He then held a referendum. If you would have voted in that had the Apartheid regime held it after doing what Assad did, I would be very surprised. Assad has already drafted his version if a new constitution. Guess what. He would remain in power for another 14 years. Joseph, before arriving st a conclusion you really should inform yourself more. You're supporting sheer brutality and oppression and you don't know it. You're being foolish.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 03:06

      Patrick, that's not an insult. Joseph is being foolish. We all are or have been sometimes. There's nothing to be ashamed about. The truth can take us to truer reality.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 11:41

      Joseph, ""It's a known fact that atleast 40% of those fighting the regime are foreign terrorists"" No, this is NOT an known fact!! The problem with these radicals, They KNOW, the dictator they support is a mass murderer, who fires rockets from tanks into apartment blocks, who bombs opposition strongholds from the air, and who has gunship helicopters firing live ammunition on unarmed women and children. PROVEN time and time again !!!! And what do these LOSERS do; they blame EVERYBODY, except this assad MONSTER for the killing over over 20 000 Syrians. So these lousy supporters of this tyrant make up their own stories and come with their own 'made up' facts!!!! ""It's a known fact that atleast 40% of those fighting the regime are foreign terrorists"" Clever Joseph will tell us the 'truth' But the ones who should know about the reality on the ground in Syria; The UN General Assembly The UN SC Amnesty International Red Cross International reporters on the ground International photographers Ban Ki-moon Kofi Annan UN observers on the ground ETC ETC ETC N-O-N-E...of these mentions ANYTHING about 'foreign terrorists', which makes you a BULLSH.TTER You are nothing than a LOUSY RADICAL LOSER !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 20:12

      For Patrick, the unelected dictator, who's father handed him the reigns of power, and who is using that power to massacre Syrians and their families by the tens of thousands just because they want free and fair elections, is the legitimate government of Syria. Notwithstanding that just 12 of all the countries on Earth believe this. 166 countries decided in the UN General Assembly several months ago that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Syria is a sovereign state. It's government however is illegitimate. Like South Africa under Apartheid.

      joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-09-06 08:34

      @Fred U either don't understand English or don't know how to analyse statistics. It was established that 40% of those OPPOSING Assad are non Syrians, that is not the same as saying 40% of the total population of Syria. A survey was conducted by a Qatar foundation found that 55% of Syrians want Assad, roughly 64% of the total respondents polled believe that the protests represent the views of only a minority. A simple analysis of the study shows that those opposing the regime are only a minority. you can check it out for yourself. As for your claim that the west is doing nothing, you must be totally blinded from the facts. The Washington post reported numerous articles on the "tactical" support for the terrorists. It was revealed that unmarked NATO war planes are arriving in the US military base in Syria to deliver weapons which were seized in Libya after the overthrow of Col Gaddafi. Reuters ran an article detailing Obama's authorization of support to the terrorists. As for your claim that the Apartheid government wanted 2 negotiate, you should be ashamed to call yourself a South African but don't know some of the most basic history of you country. PW Botha had refused to negotiate with the ANC. You can check that out, it's even on wikipedia @Anthony I avoid entering into a debate with complete IDIOTS like you. Your parents should have told you that if you don't agree with the view of the other person you dispute that view with facts, not resort to attacks.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-21 17:18

      No point in arguing with Freddy boy. You could link him article after article, his mind is made up already, all the information leaves his tiny mind almost as fast as it enters. He still doesn't see anything wrong with Qatar and Saudi Arabia (two states run by a monarchy) funding and supporting a pro democratic movement. He is naive.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-09-04 16:59

    Nothing new from memebers of al-Qaeda world renowed terrorists, saw first had in Iraq and Afgahnistan how they place these vehicles in crowed markets, UN buildinds etc the truth is slowly coming out like the latest revelations that the massacre of 200 odd people were not in fact Syrian troops but the rebels/terrorists and I quote:- In an extraordinary account of the Daraya massacre by veteran journalist Robert Fisk, eyewitnesses reveal that it was U.S.-backed FSA rebels and not the Syrian Army who were responsible for the slaughter of 245 men, women and children. The massacre, which took place last weekend, was instantly blamed on President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces by the global media despite video footage from the scene showing victims welcoming the presence of Syrian Army troops and blaming the violence on armed rebels. Those eyewitness accounts have now been verified thanks to the courageous journalism of veteran reporter Robert Fisk, who is risking his life in his role as one of the few impartial media observers inside Syria. In an article for the London Independent entitled Inside Daraya – how a failed prisoner swap turned into a massacre, Fisk reveals how he was able to talk to eyewitnesses independently of Syrian officials, all of whom said the violence was carried out by armed rebels before the Syrian Army even arrived in the town, which is five miles outside Damascus.

      shane.loxton - 2012-09-04 17:02

      The Daraya massacre by no means represents the first time the international media has blamed a mass killing on Assad’s forces in order to grease the skids for a NATO military intervention when in fact the bloodshed was the work of Syrian rebels. As the respected German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported, the Houla massacre, which was immediately blamed on Assad’s forces by the establishment media, was in fact carried out by anti-Assad Sunni militants. President Barack Obama recently signed a secret order confirming that he would use taxpayer money to support Syrian rebels with “non-lethal aid”. However, the New York Times admits that the CIA is helping steer heavy weaponry to the rebels on the Turkish border paid for by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Al-Qaeda terrorists are also flooding in from numerous countries, most recently Yemen, in order to train and command the U.S.-backed rebel army. In a July 30 report, the London Guardian admitted that Al-Qaeda fighters met regularly with Syrian rebels and taught them how to build bombs.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 17:11

      The US is not backing the Free Syria Army. That's the problem. That's why Assad is still there massacring people, and why the FSA resorts to the same low tactics as Assad. They're helpless, desperate, powerless. This often leads to negative behavior. Different to Assad who is inherently cruel. He has power and is using it to massacre Syrians who want to vote in free and fair elections. Were the freer world to stand on strong principles and be willing to act, Syria would already be free.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-04 17:24

      @Shane Even the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) are openly supporting Al-Qaeda in Syria. This is what one of their experts published on 6th August: "The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-04 17:37

      Yes Mgoqi put that into your Cuba Libre.

      shane.loxton - 2012-09-04 18:52

      Lol fred u live in your own world, try explain this and I dare u to follow the link at the end and challange that:- A militant who fought alongside Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and is now the leader of a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda in South Yemen has struck a deal with the United States and Saudi Arabia to send 5,000 Al-Qaeda fighters into Syria according to reports out of the Middle East. Tariq al-Fadhli, jihadist leader of the Southern Yemen insurgency and a man personally trained by Bin Laden, has successfully negotiated with U.S. and Saudi officials to send 5,000 jihadist fighters via Turkey to aid Syrian rebels in the attempted overthrow of President Bashar Al-Assad, reports AlAlam. The report was also picked up by In a newspaper interview, al-Fadhli revealed that he had agreed to transfer 5,000 militants from the southern Yemen cities of Zanzibar and Jaar “to Syria in order to fight in war being waged by armed groups, including the Al Qaeda-linked groups against the Syrian regime.” The militants, who refer to themselves as “supporters of Shariah,” will join other bands of Al-Qaeda fighters who have swarmed into Syria from Libya, Iraq and Turkey with the aid of NATO powers and Gulf states. In a July 30 report, the London Guardian admitted that Al-Qaeda fighters were commanding Syrian rebels and teaching them how to build bombs

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 20:17

      Shane, you're believing what terrorists are telling you. Not smart. Certainly nothing to build reality around. Thankfully the Information Age exposes the folly of what you're doing.

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