Four Killed in Damascus Christian Area Suicide Bombing

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A suicide bomb attack in a Christian area in the heart of the Syrian capital on Thursday killed at least four people, state television said.

"A terrorist suicide bombing... in Damascus has left four people dead and several others wounded," the broadcaster said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the toll, adding that the likely target of the bombing was a Shiite Muslim charity located in the Christian neighborhood.

"According to preliminary reports, four people were killed and several others wounded," said the Britain-based Observatory.

"The bombing took place close to the Ihsan charity, which is Shiite," watchdog director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France Presse.

"I believe the charity was the actual target."

Though it began with peaceful protests calling for the fall of President Bashar Assad's regime, Syria's war has grown increasingly sectarian over time.

The majority of Syria's rebels -- like the population -- are Sunni Muslim, while Assad belongs to the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Sectarian tensions have grown further in recent months, ever since the entry into Syria's conflict of Lebanon's Hizbullah.

Residents of the neighborhood told AFP the police blocked off the road linking the two historical neighborhoods of Bab Tuma and Bab Sharqi, where the bombing took place.

An AFP journalist saw a corpse stretched out on the pavement.

At least two shops were damaged by the blast, said the correspondent, adding that firefighters, security forces and soldiers were all deployed in the area.

Official television channel Al-Ikhbariya broadcast footage of the body of a man in a white T-shirt, saying it was the remains of the suicide bomber.

It also showed body parts strewn across the area.

On October 12, 13 people were killed in an attack in front of a police station in Bab Touma.

In addition, the Observatory on Thursday reported shelling in nearby Al-Amin Street, also in old Damascus, without elaborating.

Comments 8
Default-user-icon American (Guest) 27 June 2013, 20:46


Thumb lebanon_first 27 June 2013, 21:19

I wonder about their decision making process. How does el qaeda decide where to bomb...

Missing zahle_nights 27 June 2013, 21:46

charlemagne, do you think Christian, Druze and even the moderate Sunnis like to live in the Sharia law? Trust me we don’t, but we don’t carry illegal arms for that. We support and we strengthen our Lebanese military. So please do not give us the excuse that Hizbullah should not disarm because of this. Hizbullah will not disarm regardless if these salafists exist or not. Hizbullah is serving Iran agenda; that is why they will not disarm… Hizbullah MUST be destroyed by force… There is no way around it. They will not give up their weapons easily without force…

Thumb Lebanon4life 27 June 2013, 21:46

even then they won't disarm !!

Default-user-icon dateam (Guest) 28 June 2013, 00:57

youtube nusra behead syrian priest and man in idlib...dare to watch ( graphic ).

Default-user-icon Lebanese Intelligence (Guest) 28 June 2013, 01:50

FSA Supports Asseer and are against the Lebanese army. Any Lebanese that support FSA therefore is a traitor. In the USA, the FBI will be knocking on the doors of terrorist supporters. In Lebanon, they are treated with unwarranted dignity.

Default-user-icon Umpadril Bergomat (Guest) 28 June 2013, 03:43

One thing is for sure, and it is that Dr. Arreet 7akeh of Syria, Abou Jreij Sabra, contacted the original Dr. Arreet 7akeh, may Saint Charbel and flowers protect him, and agreed that what happened is nobody's fault but Iran, Hizbullah, General Michel Aoun and to a lesser degree Suleiman Franjiyeh and Wiam Wahab. At the same time, they both strongly confirmed that through them, amn al moujtama3 al massi7i shall remain more than ever art 7akeh bi art 7akeh. As if one Dr. Arreet 7akeh in the Levant was not enough. Christians, REJOICE!

Thumb ado.australia 28 June 2013, 06:45

Watch the video of the fsa beheading 2 Christians and a bishop with a pocket knife. while a dozen mostacheless bearded animals cheer and scream "allah akbar" in the back ground.

Geagea... what you think about this? and today they bomb a maronite church!! wake up and to hell all those that support these animals!