Car bomb kills five soldiers in Damascus as clashes erupt

A suicide car bomb blew up at an army checkpoint in northeastern Damascus, leaving five soldiers killed, a watchdog said, as rebels pressed toward the centre of the capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy fighting around the checkpoint, located on the edge of rebel-held Qaboon district, and between the adjacent district of Jobar and the iconic Abbasid Square.

A security source confirmed the attack against the checkpoint last night and said that there were casualties among the troops without giving a figure.

He told AFP on condition of anonymity that fierce clashes had also erupted in Jobar district, but had not reached as far as Abbasid Square, which holds symbolic importance for both sides as one of the main squares of the capital.

The Observatory, which collects its reports from a network of medics and activists on the ground, said that four children were killed in shelling in Qaboon as clashes raged there between loyalist troops and the insurgents.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus