Damascus car bomb kills 12

2012-08-28 19:56

Damascus - A car bomb killed 12 people at a funeral in the mainly Druze and Christian suburb of Jaramana on the southeastern outskirts of the Syrian capital on Tuesday, state television reported.

"Another 48 people were wounded, many critically, in a terrorist car blast that targeted a funeral procession in Jaramana," it said.

"At around 15:00 (12:00 GMT), a funeral procession was making its way to the cemetery, when a car parked on the side of the road exploded, killing and injuring many people," an army official told AFP.

The funeral was held for two supporters of the government of President Bashar Assad who were killed in a bomb attack on Monday, the Britain-based Observatory said.

The force of the blast completely destroyed the facade of one building, while others suffered heavy damage, an AFP photographer reported.

State media blamed rebel fighters for the bombing, which came amid an intensified bombardment by government troops of eastern districts of Damascus that shelter some of the Free Syrian Army's best organised battalions.

But the opposition Syrian National Council accused Assad's regime of staging the bombing against its own supporters in a bid to divert attention from the killings of hundreds of people during an army assault last week on a largely Sunni Muslim suburb of the capital.

"The regime wants to cover up for its massacres," SNC spokesperson George Sabra said, alluding to the deaths in the town of Daraya that sparked an international outcry.

"It also wants to punish residents of Jaramana - who are of mixed religious backgrounds - for welcoming people who were displaced from nearby towns." Sabra told AFP by telephone

"The regime's fingerprints are clear," charged Sabra, himself a Christian. "The regime does not want anyone to welcome refugees from other cities. And it wants to turn the revolution... into a bloody civil war fought along sectarian lines."

Around 80% of Syrians are Sunni Muslim, while around 10% belong to Assad's Alawite community, five percent are Christian, three percent Druze and one percent Ismaili.

The opposition draws much of its support from the Sunni majority, who have borne the brunt of the government's deadly crackdown.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-28 19:58

    The Jihadists are doing what they do best!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-28 20:19

      And Fidel is doing, what she does best! Blaming every atrocity on the oppostion, while in the meantome, her hero, that assad dog, continues slaughtering the Syrian population !!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 20:32

      I say glass beads, ancestors, tokoloshes, muti, witchcraft, Marikana, cannibalism the list is endless.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 20:37

      Mgoqi you comment on that guy's nonsense?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-28 20:46

      @Anthony You seems to suffer from some type of obsessive compulsive disorder. Stop latching on to me and comment on the article, you moron.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 20:54

      There is no intelligence with the Mgoqis of this world.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-28 20:56

      @kress Trolling is ultimately a waste of your time!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-28 21:02

      Patrick, And all you can do , is talk endless rubbish (PROVEN )

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 21:09

      Allah the arabian moon god. lol!.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-28 21:15

      I agree Fidel, provided you don't have a hidden agenda behind these words. Patrick, again, Jihadists are to Syria what the PAC and Communist Party were to South Africa leading up to 1994. They make up approximately 10% of those removing Assad from unelected power.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 04:12

      Patrick, are you even reading my words? You're certainly not comprehending them.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 06:08

      Fidel, ""@Anthony You seems to suffer from some type of obsessive compulsive disorder. Stop latching on to me and comment on the article, you moron."" Calling me a 'moron' is no problem, and I continue being grateful, that you read my comments. There is not much chance, but just maybe, you will one day see that all this childish anti US rhetoric, gets you nowhere, besides entertaining your silly buddies. It NEVER got anyone, anywhere, than being stuck in the same groove for year after year. The world has changed drastically over the past decades, and unfortunately for you, it has bypassed you. When you are bored, sure, entertain yourself with your history books, but if you want to know what is happening in this world TODAY , get yourself some news magazines and watch some reputable news TV stations. If you want, you can still tell your buddies that you are watching RT, but you know, you have snapped out of this destructive life, which is not only boring, but it makes you such an outcast. Try it, I promise you, it will be rewarding. And don't worry about those other silly radicals, most of them are too far gone to be 'saved' Take this Patrick, he lives in this fantasy world, living on this large, LARGE , estate , and than traveling the world, meeting up with all his international friends. Just leave him, he will be ok I sincerely hope, when I read your next comment, all those negative 'thumbs' have transformed into positive ones !! Good luck !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 06:29

      There's this small, strange strain of Internet commenter who every time they're confronted with an argument they dislike, comes forward and writes some empty, trite vitriol filled with the same substance-free mantra that sounds like it was produced by a computer program. What a tosser!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 07:41

      "what a tosser" Please don't do this to Patrick, 'tosser' is 'his word'

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-30 04:16

      Fidel thinks Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lacky of the West. His words in the US/Mandela thread. Imagine that. One of the great leaders of our time.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-30 04:22

      Patrick holds the same belief. I was surprised, didn't think he'd go that low. Not surprised now. Patrick, you believe Nelson Mandela, one of the great leaders of our time, is a phony, a lackey of the West? Really, I mean really?

  • Madhi - 2012-08-28 21:45

    The zionist fanatics, anto, fred and gerhard will repent for the evil they wish for the syrian people. They are slaughtered by terrorists and these guyz still applaud, more so, non muslims this time are butchered by wahabis who soil our religion so that fred can group all muslims as terrorists. Truth be told evil will not win this time around. Even hussein obasama in washington is starting to feel uncomfortable with blood thirsty terrorists. The turks have woken up and are toning down. Netanyahu is nervous as he knows he will face people who will camp at the golan heights bringing waves of suicide bombers to northern israel. And here we still have to argue with his foot soldiers? hell no I rather talk to bibi directly and tell him his tripplets are consorting with terrorists for real, no longer under cover anymore. They are sporting a dyed beard by now practising yemen accent of AllaH AKbar. Fred is probably a wahabi imam by now. I have taken back my offer of volonterring in ur kibutz farm for fearing that u will behead me like ur terrorists friends are doing in syria right now.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 04:18

      Having fun making things up? Unfortunately unbeknown to you you're enabling the wholesale murder of members of your own cimmunity. Wake up!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-29 09:48

      Madhi you must stop smoking that stuff.

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