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An Explosion in al-Mazzeh, Damascus (SANA)
An Explosion in al-Mazzeh, Damascus (SANA)

Syria: Fresh bombings hit Damascus, suburbs; as Airstrikes, Explosions & Clashes are on elsewhere

(Dp-news) Syria- An explosion hits al-Raqqa, north-eastern Syria, on Thursday just hours after a wave of bombings hit the capital Damascus and its outskirts. Airstrikes & clashes have been still on at many areas inside the 19-month conflicted country.

Pro-regime media reports that an explosion on Thursday hits a hospital in al-Raqqa city, next to Euphrates river. It also reports casualties.

Syria's state-run news agency says a fresh wave of bombings hit Damascus and its outskirts on Wednesday.

SANA says "terrorists detonated" three bombs in Al-Mazzeh district of Damascus late Wednesday night, targeting a mosque, a sports club and a shop.

The agency says one person was killed in the explosion near the district's al-Houda mosque, and two were wounded. It says six people, including a child, were injured in the two other explosions.

These explosions followed another one that rocked al-Muaddamiyeh near Damascus, early on Wednesday evening.

Also on Wednesday afternoon, a bomb killed 11 persons near a Shia shrine in a southern suburb of Saida Zaynab at the Syrian capital Damascus; Syrian TV reported.

The semi-official Addounia television said there were casualties in the explosion in the Sayeda Zainab district. Another bomb in the area was defused, the station said.

On Wednesday too, Syrian rebels said they had formed a brigade of sympathetic Palestinians in a Damascus district to fight armed Palestinians aligned with President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters too; a bomb exploded early on Wednesday under the car of a Syrian army colonel in Yarmouk, but he was not in the vehicle and there were no casualties, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict.

It was not clear if the incident was related to the tension between Syrian rebels and Palestinian factions in Yarmouk, Reuters added.

Rebels said they and the new brigade will attack Yarmouk fighters loyal to Ahmed Jibril, head of the Syrian-sponsored Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), accusing Jibril's men of harassing camp residents and attacking Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.

About 150,000 Palestinian refugees live in the Syrian capital's Yarmouk camp, a sprawling area of concrete apartment blocks, where some residents support the 19-month-old uprising against President al-Assad`s regime and others fight alongside Syrian regime soldiers.

Elsewhere, rebel fighters in Aleppo, the scene of heavy fighting since August, focused their efforts Wednesday on a military headquarters compound they say houses political prisoners.

Fighting extended into the countryside around the city, with artillery fire and airstrikes targeting many towns in area.

Early on Thursday, Syrian rebels killed 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints in northern Idlib province, activists said. There was no official confirmation of the deaths from the authorities.

Syria's northwestern Idlib province has become a key battleground in the country's conflict, especially after rebel forces seized the town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo road early last month.

Fighting has since raged at the Wadi Deif army base near Maaret al-Numan, where rebel forces have laid siege to regime troops in area.

Press also reports clashes on Thursday in Deir Ezzour, Homs & Daraa.

Activists say 35,000 people have been killed in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began in March 2011.

The international community remains at a loss about how to stop the war. The U.S. and other Western and Arab nations have called on Assad to step down, while Russia, China and Iran continue to back him.

Reports estimate that at least 32,000 people have been killed since March 2011 when peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted.

They were violently repressed, leading to a civil war, it added.
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