Syrian conflict: At least 44 dead in twin bombings in Damascus Old City

Syrian conflict: At least 44 dead in twin bombings in Damascus Old City


Two bombs exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus and killed at least 44 people near the Bab al-Saghir cemetery, according to the state media.

The attacks are thought to be sectarian in nature although this part of the capital has not faced such attacks in the past, more than 100 people have been reported injured.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at least one of the attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber, the other bomb was placed on a roadside and was remotely detonated just as a bus was passing by.

Even though Russia, Iran and Turkey have brokered a nationwide truce in Kazakhstan that was put on effect on December 30, sporadic attacks are still continuing. The next round of discussions is set for next week.

The capital of Syria is under the control of Bashar Al-Assad the president, however, the outlying districts of the city still harbor rebel groups. Unconfirmed reports say that the bombs targeted Shia pilgrims who came here on bus. Most of the deceased victims were from Iraq.

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed the responsibility of the attack, this is one of the groups that were excluded and not invited to the peace talks in Kazakhstan. This group has been constantly attacking Syrian and Russian forces.

The civil war in Syria began in March 2011 and it has taken the life of more than 300,000 people while over 11 million people have been displaced.

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