• A picture taken from social media appears to show the site of bombings in the Syrian capital of Damascus (file photo)
    A picture taken from social media appears to show the site of bombings in the Syrian capital of Damascus (file photo)

Two bombs have exploded in Damascus, with initial reports of many fatalities among Shia pilgrims on a day which saw US airstrikes claim the lives of several civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqah.

State news agency SANA said the bombs went off near a cemetery in the Bab Masala area of the Syrian capital on Saturday, leaving at least 46 people, most of them Iraqis, martyred and many others injured. 

In a statement, Iraqi Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Jamal said that around 40 Iraqis were martyred in the blasts and blamed the attacks on "Takfiri groups."

The attacks took place near the Bab al-Saqir cemetery which is located near one of the seven gates of the Old City of Damascus.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombings targeted Shia pilgrims - a hallmark of Takfiri terrorists such as Daesh. 

They came after new airstrikes suspected to have been conducted by the US killed 28 civilians in and around Raqqah on Friday and Saturday, the observatory reported.

The strikes hit a village on the eastern outskirts of the Daesh-held city, leaving four people dead and several others injured. US warplanes also targeted a school in the same area but caused no casualties.
EA

Mar 11, 2017 13:26 UTC
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