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Two blasts in Syrian capital kill one, injure another: SANA

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Two blasts hit an area in Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Two blasts have struck the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing one and injuring another, on the eve of the country's third war-time parliamentary polls.

The Saturday blasts hit an area near Anas bin Malik mosque in the Nahr Aisha district of southern Damascus, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

The mosque is where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has attended prayers in the past.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, which were launched on the eve of the country’s parliamentary elections.

Syrians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government tries to reconstruct the war-torn state under cruel international sanctions. 

Assad's Baath party and its allies are expected to win most of parliament's 250 seats in the first elections since 2016.

For the first time this year, there will be polling stations in former militant-held regions, including in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus and in the south of Idlib province in the country's northwest, AFP reports.

The Sunday elections were initially scheduled for April 13, but was first adjourned to May and then to July over the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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