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IANS - DAMASCUS
Published: 15th August 2012 04:00 PM
Last Updated: 16th October 2012 11:55 AM
At least three people were injured when a car bomb went off
Wednesday near a hotel in Damascus used by the UN monitoring mission in Syria,
reported Al Jazeera citing Syrian state TV.
The blast occurred in the Abu Remanih area, where a military
depot and the trade union headquarters are located, the report said. The Syrian
military's Central Security Command is also located nearby.
It struck on the eve of a UN Security Council meeting
Thursday in which the council will discuss the future of the UN observer
mission in Syria, whose mandate expires Aug 19.
The incident took place as UN humanitarian chief Valerie
Amos has arrived in Syria to discuss ways of getting aid to people caught up in
The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, General
Babacar Gaye, had held a press conference Monday in the same hotel, the Dama
Rose, the report said.
Al Jazeera quoted a spokesperson for the opposition Local
Coordination Committees in Damascus as saying a series of smaller explosions
preceded a bigger one.
The UN spokesperson was not immediately available for
Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister who toured
the area shortly after the blast, said none of the UN staff was hurt.
"This is a criminal act that shows what kind of attacks
Syria is being subjected to," Mekdad was quoted as telling reporters at
the scene. "Such explosions will not affect Syria."
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