Monday, September 3, 2012

Bombings, clashes continue in Syria

DAMASCUS, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Bombings and urban clashes continued across Syria Sunday, showing no sign of abatement and further blurring the prospect of a foreseeable solution in the conflict-torn Arab state.

Two explosive devices went off Sunday some 200 meters away from the office of the Syrian military's joint chiefs of staff in the capital Damascus, injuring four army personnel, sources and media reports said.

The blast, though small in scope, is considered as a strong blow to the Syrian leadership as it went off in a sensitive and heavily fortified area ringed with security checkpoints and blast walls.

Sunday's blast followed three car bomb blasts Saturday in Damascus and the eastern Deir al-Zour province, in which at least 17 people were killed.

Armed rebels seem to have opted to carry out such brazen blasts as a direct showdown with the military forces.

The state-run SANA news agency said the Syrian troops have continued hunting the armed insurgent groups in Deir al-Zour, killing or injuring scores of them.

The government troops also killed an undisclosed number of armed groups in the southern province of Daraa, said SANA. Read More