Explosion reported in Damascus mosque | Syria News | Al Jazeera

Explosion reported in Damascus mosque

Warplanes bomb city's suburbs on Eid al-Adha holiday, activist group says, and reports of bomb blast in mosque.

    Explosion reported in Damascus mosque
    A Syrian watchdog group said rebels fired rockets and mortar rounds at three Damascus neighbourhoods [Reuters]

    Syrian warplanes have bombed the suburbs of Damascus, while rebels have fired mortar shells at the capital on the first day of a major Muslim holiday, an activist group said on Tuesday.

    Al Jazeera has also received reports of a bombing inside a mosque in the al-Tadmon neighbourhood, south of the capital Damascus, on the morning of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels fired rockets and mortar rounds at three Damascus neighbourhoods. An amateur video posted online shows three rockets being fired, leaving a trail of dark smoke.

    The Observatory says the regime bombed the Eastern Ghouta district of Damascus and rebel areas near the.city of Hama, killing three children.

    State television broadcast images of President Bashar al-Assad entering the Hassiba mosque in Damascus and waving to supporters before taking part in prayers.

    The prayers were led by Imam Mohamed Tawfik al-Bouti, the son of Mohamed al-Bouti, a senior pro-regime religious figure who was killed in a bombing at a mosque in March.

    Tuesday's fighting shows how entrenched both sides in Syria's civil war have become. Earlier in the fighting, the sides occasionally attempted to observe holiday cease-fires.

    More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011, according to the Observatory.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.