Monday, April 30, 2012

Bombs Explode in the Syrian city of Idlib

Two bombs have exploded in the Syrian city of Idlib as the UN continues to step up its monitoring mission across the country.

State television said the blasts occurred on Monday morning in two separate areas of Idlib, near the Turkish border, and blamed the attacks on "terrorists".

Meanwhile, UN mission head Major General Robert Mood has arrived in Damascus and has called on President Bashar Assad and the country's opposition to stop fighting.

He is taking charge of an advance team of 16 UN monitors who are trying to salvage an international peace plan, with observer levels set to rise to 300 in total.

But clashes between government forces and armed opposition groups are becoming more frequent, with further violence in Damascus.

Sky News visited the capital's largest military hospital just 15 minutes outside the city centre. It was filled with injured troops. Three soldiers we saw had only been brought in a few hours earlier.

The bus they were travelling in near Damascus had been ambushed and raked with gunfire.

In a courtyard at the back of the building, relatives of dead soldiers gathered for military funerals. Read More