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  10/22/2012, Cheshvan 6, 5773

Explosion Rocks Damascus, Brahimi Calls for Cease Fire


Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sunday met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and called for both sides of the civil war to ceasefire for an Islamic holiday this week of Eidul Azha.

Meanwhile, a bomb exploded outside a police station in a Christian quarter of the Old City of Damascus, leaving 13 people dead, the state news agency SANA reported.

It was the first such attack against the Christian quarter since the Syrian civil war started some 19 months ago. “The blast was so strong that my house, a mile away, shook,” a Damascus resident told AFP.

“I appeal to everyone to take a unilateral decision to cease hostilities on the occasion of Eidul Azha and that this truce be respected from today or tomorrow,” Brahimi told the press. “This is a call to every Syrian, on the street, in the village, fighting in the regular army and its opponents, for them to take a unilateral decision to stop hostilities.”

He added “We will return to Syria after the Eid and if calm really takes hold during the feast, we will continue to work”  on finding a resolution.