UN condemns Damascus bombings. Regime and rebels must end violence
/ Agencies) -
The UN Security Council has condemned the twin bombings that hit Qazzaz district
of Damascus yesterday, claiming
55 victims and
over 400 injured. Today, Ban Ki-moon, UN
Secretary General has asked the Assad
government and the opposition to
stop the violence "and to
distance themselves from indiscriminate bombings and terrorist acts."
The 15 members of the Council of the United Nations urged both parties
to follow the peace plan of Kofi Annan, UN and
Arab League envoy to Syria, starting with respect
for the ceasefire that began on
12 April. Even China and Russia, who
in recent months repeatedly
defended the regime of Assad, shared the
call of the UN and Security
Council condemned the terrorist
The two bombs exploded yesterday morning 7.55 (local time) on the highway linking the capital with the southern cities of the country, during rush hour, causing carnage. The images aired on state television showed dozens of bodies charred and mangled by the explosion, among the victims there were also 11 children.
According to the Syrian Ministry of Interior, the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers on board as many car bombs. The regime accused the opposition led by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) of planning the attack to create panic and discredit President Bashar al-Assad. The FSA has denied any connection with the massacre instead it accuses the regime. Today, after Friday prayers, the opposition movements will return to the streets in major cities across the country to demand the resignation of Assad.