Car Bombs in Damascus Leave at Least 30 Dead and over 100 Injured

For months the Assad regime has been killing its own people that have been involved in peaceful protests to effect change in Syria.  Today twin car bombs went off in Damascus killing at least 30 people and leaving over 100 injured.  The attacks occurred as an observer team from the Arab League started its work in Syria to record human rights abuses.

The Syrian regime blamed the attacks on Al Qaeda, which it claims is linked  to the 10-month uprising against the rule of the president, Bashar al-Assad, and said they were unequivocally the work of “terrorists”.  “We said it from the beginning. They are killing the army and civilians,” said Deputy foreign minister, Faysal Mekdad.

According to Syrian State TV the explosions went off within minutes of each other and targetted a State Security building. Opposition supporters were skeptical of the State TV reports and said that the explosions had the hallmarks of a plot to discredit the opposition.

The State

Department issued a statement condemning the bombings in the strongest terms and said that there was no justification of terrorism of any kind.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the bombings today in Damascus. We extend our sympathies to the families of the victims. There is no justification for terrorism of any kind and we condemn these acts wherever they occur.

For nine long months the Assad regime has used torture and violence to suppress the aspiration of the Syrian people for peaceful political change. Throughout this time we have spoken out against the violence in Syria, as we have in other countries since the moment peaceful movements for democratic change began in the region, and we will continue to do so. It is crucial that today’s attack not impede the critical work of the Arab League monitoring mission to document and deter human rights abuses with the goal of protecting civilians. We hope that this mission will proceed unfettered in an atmosphere of non-violence. The burden is on the regime to cooperate fully and quickly with the monitoring mission.

The Syrian people continue to suffer daily. They deserve a peaceful political transition that begins with respect of their human rights and an immediate end to repression. The United States will continue to support the Syrian people in their struggle for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Canada dismissed the Syrian government claims as comical.

Announcing a new freeze on Syrian regime assets held by Canadian banks Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird questioned the credibility of the al-Qaeda explanation, citing previous Assad denials that any violence was taking place within the country.

“If it wasn’t so serious it would almost be comical,” he said.  National Post

 

According to the United Nations more than 5,000 people have been killed since the protest and crack down began in March.  The Syrian regime claims that 2,000 of its soldiers and security personnel have been killed.

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