Syria: Bombs target security buildings

2012-04-30 15:42

Beirut - Explosions killed more than 20 people on Monday when bombers targeted security buildings in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Most of those killed were members of the security forces, Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based group, said.

"The blasts targeted two security headquarters, one housing air force intelligence, and the other military intelligence," he said.

State news agency SANA said "terrorists" were behind the attacks that were carried out by "suicide bombers".

Syrian television put the death toll at nine, among them civilians, and said around 100 people were also wounded in the two blasts in residential areas of the city.

It broadcast footage of bloodstains on the ground in one neighbourhood, and groups of angry people denouncing the violence and expressing support for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Cars flattened

"Is this the freedom they want?" shouted one man, standing near a woman who was carrying a child with blood running down his forehead.

One building appeared in ruins and cars nearby were flattened by the force of the explosion.

A powerful blast, probably a car bomb, was also reported in the suburb of Qudsiya near the capital Damascus, causing an unknown number of casualties, the Observatory added.

The explosion targeted a military vehicle, said Abdel Rahman.

"Initial reports indicate there are casualties," he added. "But we cannot yet confirm the number of victims."

An unknown number of civilians living in houses near the site of the explosion were wounded, he said.

Blame game

Overnight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Central Bank in the capital, state media said, adding that an "armed terrorist group" also carried out a second RPG attack on a police patrol in front of a hospital in the Damascus area of Rokn Eddin. Four police were wounded.

On Friday, a suicide car bomb in the heart of the capital killed 11 people.

Anti-regime activists have accused the government of being behind the series of explosions, while the authorities say "terrorists" are responsible.

"We confirm that these tricks no longer fool anyone, especially given the fact that the regime has resorted to these escalations every time there is political movement at the Arab, regional, or international level to find a political solution to the crisis in which the regime kills its people who are demanding freedom," said the activist Local Co-ordination Committees group.

The Syrian National Council, the main opposition group, said in a statement that the RPG attacks in the capital were "another trick" by the regime to justify its continued crackdown against a revolt that broke out in March last year.

"The Assad regime is trying in various ways to mislead and distract [UN] observers in order to prevent it from carrying out its work," the statement said, also calling for "an international commission of inquiry to uncover who was behind the explosions".


The violence comes despite a UN-backed ceasefire that came into effect on 12 April but has failed to take hold fully.

Veteran peacekeeper Major General Robert Mood urged all sides on Sunday to abide by the ceasefire as he arrived in Damascus to take command of the UN military observer mission overseeing the truce.

The peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan calls for a commitment to stop all armed violence, a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire, media access to all areas affected by the fighting, an inclusive Syrian-led political process, a right to demonstrate and the release of detainees.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 15:14

    But no. Certain individuals on this site refuse to believe that Syrian armed forces are fighting insurgents armed by foreign powers.

      Fred - 2012-04-30 16:21

      That's not what this is. It's either terrorist groups trying to take advantage of the situation to further their own agendas, Assad himself who's in a life or death struggle trying to prove his point its terrorists opposing his wonderful government, or the opposition itself after EXTREME provocation over many months by the violent Assad regime, or what's left of it. How you get to your conclusions is anyone's guess.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 17:09

      Fred I sometimes wonder if news24 is the only site you read. Read these articles and then tell me what you think.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-30 17:11

      One possibility is that 'deserters' of the Syrian army are responsible. They would be the ones who would benefit from these bombings. First bomb, than set fire to all the records. But more likely; another 'trick' from this assad thug ! He has NO thought whatsoever, to step aside for a government choosen by the people. And that silly, theory, that there are insurgents armed by foreign powers........ Well, in that case, this DICTATOR, must be the dumnest of them all, not to show the world proof of this !!!!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 17:12

      Fred shall I give you more proof of foreign intervention. Try forming a more balanced perspective of foreign affairs. While you clearly want the best for the Syrian people as do I, you really need to liven up to the fact that foreign powers are trying to use the popular uprising to further there own gains!!!!!!!FACT

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 17:14

      Anthony why dont you read the links I provided for Fred. While Assad is clearly a tyrant, his armed forces are fighting foreign insurgents making a cease fire impossible!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-30 17:48

      Dylan, your point is that the opposition is being armed by foreign powers. Meaning the West. You have a distorted view of work's affairs, believing the US attacked itself on 9/11. The New York Times article talks about local support for the opposition in neighboring countries, and the spreading of the conflict regionally. The anti-war site is bias in the extreme. RT is controlled by the Russian regime that is arming Assad (Hello! No wonder it sees foreign influence in the conflict). Guess which one is the most credible?

      Fred - 2012-04-30 17:50

      You have a distorted view of world affairs, believing the US attacked itself on 9/11.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 17:53

      Well you prove your ignorance ant. I made sure to include two reputable( in your opinion like the nytimes and the independent in the uk. Are those good enough for you!!! And you claim about the reporters. Consider this? Who do you think they listen too? Um yes there bosses and owners!!!!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 18:01

      Fred you clearly Havnt read the articles. Firstly I never included rt!!!! So I'm beginning to think u r either completely brainwashed, scared, or just plain stupid

      Fred - 2012-04-30 18:02

      It's not simple like that. These are professional journalists and reporters living in countries that uphold freedom of the press as a fundamental principle. They're not automatons. In autocratic countries like Russia, China, Syria, Iran and others, that's where you'll find bias and control. The problem is you don't draw this distinction. You lump the freer press and professional journalists together with the controlled press, and label all media as misinformation.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 18:07

      That's not even valid Fred I Havnt once used a Iranian or Russia source so not sure what your on about there mate.

      Fred - 2012-04-30 18:12

      I did read them. Somehow an RT article appeared as one of the links. Press TV is obviously biased, as is Global Research.

      Fred - 2012-04-30 18:18

      Dylan, you believe there's an all-powerful hidden-hand behind political events, and that hand is the US. Everything is reduced to this belief. There isn't an Arab Spring, where the people of the Middle East are finally rising up and surging for greater freedom and human rights. It's all a US manipulation. To the extent that the US attacked itself on 9/11.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 18:37

      Not true it's a lot more complicated than that. I believe the us will use any situation too further there national objectives and that they do not care about human rights and democracy.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-30 18:42

      Dylan, let me ask you something...... What is so difficult to understand ?? A country with 23 million inhabitants ! The leadership that is made up of a minority group, actually a very small minority group !! Tens of thousands of Syrians have died through ( political )violence during the past 40 plus years !!! This assad rules with an iron fist !!! More than 50% of Syrians live on less than 2 dollars a day !!! You don't think there would be oppostion to his rule ??????? And if you agree, that there MUST be an opposition, HOW WOULD THEY EXPRESS THEMSELVES, BESIDES GOING ONTO THE STREETS ??????

      Fred - 2012-04-30 18:48

      That's the dark side of the US. There's light and dark, in everything. You're focusing only on the dark. In so doing, you're actually growing the dark in the world, to your and everyone's detriment.

      Fred - 2012-04-30 19:08

      The US Constitution embodies the country's ideals and principles. It guides US action. Leaders are legally obliged to follow it. Obviously they don't do it perfectly. But they reach for them. That's why the US grows largely in a positive direction. It's important to factor-in the overarching guiding vision embodied in that legal document.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 21:24

      Fred. Unfortunately while I believe that there of course is a good side to the us I must say that I think that would apply to the American people only. The American govt on the other hand are hell bent on making certain elites within the us and Europe get there way!! I used to be like you I watched the main stream news and took there word as the absolute truth!! But after the invasion in Iraq the lies and levels of deceit that the us gave the world and the propaganda that the corporate media forced on us is disgusting!! So I started reading some alternative media and then it all started to make sense. I'm sorry literally thousands of blogs and alternative sites cannot be wrong!! Thousands of former CIA agents, us servicemen, generals, colonels etc just can't be wrong.. There are even us senators who have spoken about the levels of corruption in the us congress. It's all there for you to see. Just open your mind. The us used to be a force for good!! Well things change!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-30 21:37

      Anthony!!!! You clearly don't read people's posts. It is true there was an uprising in Syria were like other countries in the region the masses stoop up against the various regimes demanding freedom and democracy!!!!! I NEVER EVER DENIED THAT!!!!! The fact of the matter is that certain powers have used the uprising as an opportunity to further there own geo political objectives, instigating regime change!!! It is documented fact there is foreign influence in Syria making a cease fire near impossible. Just like the independent( which is fairly big paper in the uk said) alqueda and other terrorist organizations are fighting govt forces. The corporate media companies in the us and some of the uk media outlets are simply propaganda tools for there govts. So obviously if there is foreign forces in Syria it is not wise to let the masses know about it because then they can't further there own objectives for regime change and hence no mention of the Saudi, Bahraini, or yemeni regimes

      Fred - 2012-05-01 00:38

      I hear you Dylan. Going from one extreme of believing everything the main-stream media says, to the other extreme of believing the alternative media doesn't unfortunately lead to truth. Truth is in the-between. Meaning, it is found by holding both extremes in one's mind, and sensing for the truth in the space between. Quite abstract, I know. But it works. All the great thinkers of humankind have used this technique. It was a great disappointment the US invaded Iraq. But it was understandable in the traumatized frame of mind the country was in after 9/11. I have responded in the same way, using my fight-or-flight trigger when threatened. A golden opportunity was missed to create a truly global alliance against oppression and terrorism. Had that alliance been formed, the likes of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, Mugabe, etc. could have been despatchec, in all probability, with minimal violence. The world saying no, with one voice, is difficult, almost impossible to ignore. But the US did not kill and maim the hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq. That was Al-Quaida, the Taliban and other Jihadists. They chose to do this, again and again, with the specific intent to terrorize Iraqis and take control of the country for their own selfish goals. The US wants democracy there, meaning the people will decide who their leaders are in general election. Free and fair elections supervised by independent authorities. It's easy to see where the more good is.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 04:48

      Dylan, You don't seem to get it !! If the West would have had its way, not much would have changed in North Africa, or for that matter in Syria. They were pretty happy with dealing with these tyrants. These uprisings came as a surprise, not only to these dictators, but to everybody, including the West. But the West understood that this time there would be changes, and were smart enough to pick the winners; the population of these nations !!!!!!

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-01 18:52

      Dylan these two are hopelessly ignorant, to the point of no return. An argument cannot be made.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 18:54

      A listen to say, don't you think Patrick. And likely to be better than that narcissistic, self-enriching circus Gaddafi dished up. And if you want to know what he would have done to Libyans and Libya, this is it.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 18:55

      A little too soon to say, don't you think Patrick. And likely to be better than that narcissistic, self-enriching circus Gaddafi dished up. And if you want to know what he would have done to Libyans and Libya, this is it.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 19:30

      Ah there you are Matt. I thought you'd been arrested in Cleveland.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 20:57

      Reference the article on the anarchists arrested in Cleveland

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