Bomb blast near U.N. hotel in Damascus, wounded three

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Map showing Damascus's nearby area. Image©Google map
Damascus: A bomb was exploded Wednesday near a car parking outside a hotel used by United Nations observers in the Syrian capital, Damascus, wounded three people, Syrian state TV reported. 

As per reports the bomb, attached to a fuel truck, exploded near the Dama Rose hotel and military buildings. The blast wounded at least three people, but Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, reportedly said none of the U.N. monitors were impacted.

Mekdad said the choice of location for the blast indicates the "heinous intentions" of those responsible - a veiled reference to insurgents fighting to oust the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian capital has seen a wave of bombings recently. This latest incident comes four weeks after an explosion at the National Security building in Damascus killed several of Assad's top security officials.

The capital has seen fierce clashes between government forces and rebels in recent weeks, after being the scene of relative calm throughout much of the nearly 18-month-long uprising against Assad.
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