Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Three Explosions Hit Damascus Suburb of Qudsaya, Killing 10

Three explosions hit Damascus suburb of Qudsaya, killing 10

Tue Nov 6, 2012 7:13PM GMT

At least ten Syrian civilians have been killed after three explosions hit al-Worod neighborhood in the western Damascus suburb of Qudsaya, SANA reports.

Scores of others were also injured in the explosions caused by two booby trapped vehicles and an explosive device on Tuesday. Some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

Local media blamed terrorist groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad for the blasts, which came a day after 11 people were killed in a bombing in the capitals' al-Mazzeh district.

Earlier on Tuesday state television reported that the brother of Syria's parliament speaker had been assassinated by armed men in the capital, the latest victim in a campaign against supporters of the Syrian government.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.

Syria accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey as well as some Western countries of fanning the flames violence in the country.

West, Arab partners fanning Syria fire by backing insurgents: Russia

Tue Nov 6, 2012 4:39PM GMT

Russia has accused certain Arab and Western countries of fueling Syria unrest by encouraging insurgents to continue fighting rather than pressuring them to negotiate an end to the country’s months-long unrest.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said countries which support and have influence over the insurgents in Syria, among them some Persian Gulf Arab states and Western powers such as the United States, prefer to unify the insurgents not on the basis of negotiations but on the basis of continuing the fighting against the Syrian government.

Lavrov made the remarks during a news conference in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Kamel Amr on Monday.

He also told Egyptian al-Ahram newspaper that Russia was supplying Syria with arms under old Soviet-era contracts and that the military aid meant for defense against external threats in accordance with international laws.

But he accused some Arab and Western countries of funding and arming Syria's insurgents to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad in breach of international law and risking arming al-Qaeda.

"Al-Qaeda is also fighting in Syria. This impels the West to consider the possibilities that what it is illegally sending to Syria might fall into the wrong hands," Lavrov said adding that "foreign partners are supplying the armed opposition with all types of aid.”

On Sunday, Lavrov warned that Western countries are seeking a UN Security Council resolution that will aggravate the situation in Syria in order to pave the way for the establishment of another government in the Arab state.

"If the priority is the change of the regime, then there will be more blood, but if the priority is to save lives, then there is no need for any type of resolutions. We have not yet tried to implement Geneva accords," Russian foreign minister said at a joint press conference with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Cairo.

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