Damascus blast kills 40, wounds 237

February 21, 2013

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The scene in Damascus's Mazraa district after a car bomb detonated on Thawra Street, near Baath Party headquarters on Thursday (February 21st). Photo courtesy of activist Musa al-Omar's facebook page.

by Nuha Shabaan and Kristen Gillespie

A blast in the Mazraa area of Damascus Thursday morning killed at least 40 people, including children, and wounded 237 more, the Damascus Media Office state in a statement. The blast occurred near three schools, where several deaths and injuries were reported.

The Revolutionary Military Council blamed the Syrian government for the explosion, saying the regime is experiencing the “loss of its positions one after the other.”

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This Google Earth map shows the al-Mazraa district, where a massive explosion near the ruling Baath Party headquarters on Thursday, February 21st.

The council said it has petitioned international judicial institutions and human rights organizations to stop assaults on the Syrian people. “The international community continues to be unconscious about what’s happening in Syria,” the statement added.

The FSA denied responsibility for the blast, and blamed the government.