According to Syrian sources, an unknown attacker detonated explosives at a traffic light in the densely populated neighborhood of al-Midan on Friday.
Most of the victims are reported to be civilians, but some security personnel were also among the casualties. Authorities say that the toll could increase since some of the injured are in critical condition.
So far 63 people have been injured in the powerful explosion. The Syrian Interior Ministry has blamed al-Qaeda for the bomb attack.
This is the second such incident in Damascus in the past two weeks. On December 23, two bombings killed at least 44 people outside Syrian intelligence buildings.
The violence comes as Arab League observers are in the country to investigate Syria’s months-long unrest and to monitor the implementation of a peace initiative presented by the Arab bloc to put an end to the country’s crisis.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March and according to the UN, more than 5,000 people have been killed in the country over the past nine months.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
(www.presstv.ir / 06.01.2012)