Two Car Bombs Explode in Damascus

Two car bombs exploded near Syria’s state television headquarters in central Damascus.

Elad Benari ,

Aftermath of car bomb explosions in Damascus
Aftermath of car bomb explosions in Damascus

Two car bombs exploded on Sunday near Syria’s state television headquarters in central Damascus, the state news agency SANA reported.

The agency said the building located at the Syrian capital’s Umayyad Square was damaged in the blast. Television broadcasts were interrupted for several minutes after the blasts.

"Two terrorist car bombs driven by suicide bombers detonated at the entrance of Ummayed Square," the agency said.

No casualties have been reported.

Footage of the scene broadcast by the government-run Al-Ikhbariya TV showed fires burning and smoke rising over the site as firefighters worked to put them out.

A local reporter made no mention of any injuries in the blast, saying only that "there were some human remains at the scene, likely those of a suicide bomber," according to Al Arabiya.

The explosions occurred only a few kilometers from the hotel where a team of international experts from the Organization from the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations are staying.

Earlier on Sunday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said that six of its aid workers and a member of the Syrian Red Crescent had been kidnapped by gunmen in Idlib, in northwestern Syria.

Over the weekend, some 50 rebel fighters were killed, this time in skirmishes between jihadists and mainstream rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo.