Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Multiple Casualties Reported After Car Bombs Rock Damascus, Syria

Multiple Casualties Reported After Car Bombs Rock Damascus, Syria

At least 20 people were killed and 30 others were wounded when three suicide vehicle bombing attacks hit Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, pro-government Ekhbaria TV reported.

A triple bomb attack that ended in a auto chase killed 18 people in Damascus yesterday hours after rebels accused President Assad of using chlorine gas against them. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

It said security forces intercepted the two other vehicle bombs, suggesting they were controlled explosions.

Dozens more were injured, including children, the ministry said in a letter to the UN Security Council, according to state media.

The attack follows bomb explosions on a courthouse and restaurant in Damascus in mid-March that killed 32 people.

Two auto bombs were destroyed by the authorities, state media said.

It's thought the trio planned to bomb crowded areas in the city on the first working day after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

While the six-year war - which has claimed more than 300,000 lives - continues to ensnare most of the country, pro-government forces have held Damascus under Assad's control.

He said they had wanted to cause a large casualty toll but failed.

This attack came after two suicide bomb attacks killed more than 15 people in Damascus on March 15.

Conflict continues in the east of city between rebels and security forces.

The coalition is supporting an offensive by Kurdish and Arab militias against Islamic State's besieged Syrian capital of Raqqa, 200km northwest of al-Dablan up the Euphrates.

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