Two bombs rock central Damascus

Syrian activists say rockets fell on the Bab Mesalla neighborhood in central Damascus. (AFP)

Two bombs in central Damascus killed one person and wounded several others on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

Syrian activists say that several rockets have fallen on a popular Damascus neighborhood.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rockets fell on the Bab Mesalla neighborhood in central Damascus. Initial information indicates that there were casualties, but the number could not be obtained immediately, the Observatory said.

It said police sealed off the area, which has restaurants, shops and a main public transportation station linking Damascus with the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida.

Meanwhile, the Observatory said that a bomb exploded in a nearby neighborhood, near police headquarters on Khalid Bin Walid Street. It said several people, including children, were wounded in the blast.

On Tuesday, a bombing exploded inthe heart of the capital killing at least 13 people.

The devastating attack in Marjeh district came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Haqi survived a car bombing in an upscale neighborhood in Damascus.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged, meanwhile, that forces of his powerful Lebanese Shiite militia were inside Syria fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists.

Rebels had been “preparing to capture villages inhabited by Lebanese,” so it was “normal to offer every possible and necessary aid to help” regime forces and the Lebanese, he said.

In New York, Syria stuck to its refusal to give U.N. experts unconditional access for a chemical weapons probe, even as it alleged rebels used them near the northern city of Idlib.

Jordan warned the U.N. Security Council of the “crushing weight” of hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees. The U.N. expects their number to swell to 1.2 million refugees by the year’s end.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 01 May 2013 KSA 19:40 - GMT 16:40
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