Tuesday Jul 17, 201204:10 PM GMT
Second explosion rocks Syrian capital, Damascus
Syrian policemen inspect the site of a car bomb explosion on Mazzeh highway in the capital Damascus on July 13, 2012.
Syrian policemen inspect the site of a car bomb explosion on Mazzeh highway in the capital Damascus on July 13, 2012.
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:9PM
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Another heavy explosion has rocked the Midan neighborhood in Damascus, as clashes continue between security forces and armed terrorists in the Syrian capital, State media reports.


The blast comes hours after an earlier explosion that hit the Abu-Habl area in the same neighborhood. There are no immediate reports of casualties, according to Syrian media.

Meanwhile, heavy clashes continue between security forces and armed gangs in the capital and its suburbs.

Armed group fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have intensified their attacks around the capital, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

The heavy fighting in Damascus suburbs broke out on Sunday and the violence spread to several southern neighborhoods, including Midan, Tadamon and Zahera, on Monday.

The Syrian forces have also clashed with terrorists in several other cities, including Idlib and Aleppo, causing heavy losses to anti-government groups.

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

PG/JR

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