Clashes, mortars, bomb attack in Damascus

2012-11-07 11:09

Beirut - Fierce clashes, shelling and a bomb attack rocked Damascus on Wednesday, a watchdog said, as violence moved increasingly from the suburbs into districts of the Syrian capital.

A car bomb exploded overnight in the southern Qadam neighbourhood, causing at least one death, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog that relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground.

In the Mazzeh district, home to many embassies and offices of the security services, three civilians were killed and 12 wounded from mortar fire, it said.

Rebel fighters, meanwhile, clashed with pro-regime Palestinian forces in the southern Hajar al-Aswad district and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, which has become a new focal point of violence.

150 dead

Home to around 148 000 residents, the camp has been the scene of fierce fighting between the rebels and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), an ally of President Bashar Assad.

Wednesday's violence followed bomb attacks in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday, including three explosions in the western Qudsaya area, that killed 19 people and wounded more than 50, according to the Observatory.

Elsewhere in the country, regime air power kept up strikes over northern Aleppo and the surrounding region on Wednesday as rebels continued their months-long battle for control of the commercial hub.

The violence on Tuesday left 150 dead, including 79 civilians, 48 soldiers and 23 rebels, said the Observatory, which says 36 000 people have died since the outbreak of the revolt against Assad's regime in March 2011.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 11:40

    . Any further deaths and destruction, can be stopped WITHIN HOURS !!, after the arrest or assasination of only ONE man !!!!!! ONE man holding a nation of 22 MILLION, at ransom !! It cannot get any more insane than this !!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-07 12:41

    Shocking, deeply disappointing and ironical that the liberation of Syria is occurring in part due to the efforts of Al-Quaida. I for one am not celebrating Obama's re-election, having been a strong Obama supporter in '08.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 17:54

      Patrick, It is ONLY you, who has some crazed obsession with Al-Quada. And in your tiny little 'pea mind' you assume soooo much...... You are soo boiled up with RACISM and HATRED that you have lost any sense of realty. Don't forget to go to your buddies at your 'boeremag' meeting!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-09 07:29

      Patrick, again, you're writing your own text into my post.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-07 20:48

    So the Palestinians support Assad,no wonder the West want him out,this conflict will get more and more complicated as it drags on..all due to the interfering West..even Cameron seeks to distract his own electorate from things at home..some serious cuts having to happen in British government spending..not surprising he sees some hope in selling some weapons to the Monarchies in the Arab world..where's his common sense is this idiot for real???? Selling to the same Monarchies in Bahrain and Kuwait that people want to get rid of and all the time he supports the terrorists in Syria...this man is a serious fool!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-09 07:31

      Um, Dunkie, you're a little late to the story, and you're distorting it with your usual blind, anti-West stance.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-09 07:46

      Britain can’t claim to be on the side of peace and democracy while its PM acts as a travelling salesman for the arms industry. Despite everything that has happened in the last two years in the Arab world, the British government continues to bolster authoritarian regimes with weapons’ sales. The hypocrisy would be laughable were it not tragic!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-09 07:57

      Fidel, the hypocrisy is entirely yours. Re-read your post and think about your wet support for Putin's Russia, which is openly arming Assad. Re-read it again and think about the fact that the West is doing virtually nothing to help the Free Syria Army. Virtually nothing. How long do you want to make yourself out to be a blind fool?

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