Regime sírio acusa Al-Qaeda por atentado em Damasco
O regime sírio acusou grupos ligados a Al-Qaeda pelo atentado suicida que deixou mais de 53 mortos e dezenas de feridos nesta quinta-feira em Damasco.A alvo do ataque com carro-bomba aparentemente foi a sede do partido governante Baath.Na maioria, mortos e feridos eram civis. Imagens divulgadas pela rede de televisão mostraram veículos destruídos pelo fogo, uma espessa fumaça negra, corpos ensanguentados e edifícios danificados.SONORA 1 - Motorista de ônibus:"Caí no chão e comecei a tremer. Após algum tempo comecei a respirar normal. Deus nos salvou. Quando caí, vi água passando por mim e outras pessoas. Ficamos parados até poder respirar de novo". SONORA 3 - Morador de Damasco:"Há um hospital particular, uma escola fundamental e prédios residencias no local atingido pela explosão. Pude escutar o choro das crianças através das janelas do meu escritório".A explosão provocou a quebra dos vidros das janelas da embaixada da Rússia, sem deixar feridos.A Rússia é uma das poucas potências estrangeiras que apoia o regime de Damasco e que continua com uma presença diplomática na capital.-------------------------------SHOTLIST:DAMASCUS, FEBRUARY 21, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV*WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES*1 min 26 sec of images showing:- VAR of destruction at the Arab Baath Socialist Party headquarters- VAR of hole in the ground caused by the blast with people chanting pro-regime slogans in the background- VAR of destruction at the bus station- VAR of clean-up efforts- VAR of bus drivers injured by the blastSOUNDBITE 1 - bus driver (man, Arabic, 16 sec): "I fell to the ground and started shaking and after a while I was able to breathe, God saved us. When I fell, I saw the water running underneath us, we stayed like this until we were able to breathe again." SOUNDBITE 2 - bus driver (man, Arabic, 12 sec): "This is not freedom. What did the people who died on the bus or in their cars do wrong?"SOUNDBITE 3 - Sameer Saadeh (man), Damascus resident (Arabic, 19 sec):"There is a private hospital, an elementary school and residential buildings around here that were all affected by the explosion. I heard the voices of children crying through my office window."///----------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY:Syria-conflict,2ndlead-WRAP Deadly bombing, mortars rock central Damascus by Rim Haddad DAMASCUS, Feb 21, 2013 (AFP) - A powerful car bomb exploded Thursday close to ruling party offices in Syria's capital, killing dozens of people and causing widespread destruction, before a nearby military headquarters came under mortar attack, a watchdog and media reported. The bombing, which rocked the city centre and sent thick smoke scudding across the skyline, came as the opposition was meeting in Cairo to discuss proposals to hold conditional talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime. State television said the blast, which left a large crater in a road, killed 35 people and wounded 237, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 42 dead, including nine troops, and dozens wounded. Images of charred bodies lying next to mangled vehicles were broadcast by Al-Ekhbariya state television, which said children were among those wounded as the blast occurred near a school in the central Damascus district of Mazraa. Ambulances sirens rang out, and machinegun fire was also heard in the area, as firemen rushed to the scene to douse the flames. A police official told AFP the car bomb exploded at the 16 November Square near the Al-Iman mosque, where the Baath party's head offices are located. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the official SANA news agency blamed it on "terrorists" -- the regime's term for rebels who have been fighting to oust Assad for nearly two years. "It is terrorism... Is that what you call Islam?" one of the wounded told Syrian television. "Is that the freedom you want? Is that the (rebel) Free Syrian Army?" said another man, speaking at the site of the attack. The car bombing was followed soon after by a mortar attack on a military headquarters, Al-Ekhbariya and the Observatory both reported, without giving information on casualties. The Observatory -- which relies on a network of activists, medics and lawyers on the ground for its information -- also said two other car bombs exploded next to security posts in the north Damascus district of Barzeh. The attacks added urgency to the Cairo meeting of the umbrella opposition National Coalition, where discussions according to a delegate were centered on an offer by the group's chief to hold direct talks with the regime. "The agenda is long and among the issues to be discussed is the initiative of Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib," Khaled Nasser told AFP. Coalition chief Khatib has offered to negotiate with Assad regime officials who have no "blood on their hands" -- naming Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa as a possible pointman. The regime has said it is ready to negotiate but without pre-conditions. Khatib's initiative has been welcomed by the Arab League and the United States as well as by two of Syria's chief allies, Iran and Russia. But the Syrian National Council, a key component of the Coalition, has rejected any possibility of dialogue until Assad steps down. UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who on Wednesday agreed to extend his mission by six months, has urged support for Khatib's plan, saying talks would "be a start to exiting the dark tunnel". British Foreign Secretary William Hague, on a visit to Lebanon, urged the Syrian regime to respond positively to Khatib's dialogue offer, while reiterating a call for Assad to give up power. The UN says at least 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and the violence frequently spills across Syria's borders, spiking already-simmering regional tensions. In the latest incident, the rebel Free Syrian Army has accused Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group of shelling territory held by the insurgents, and issued a warning it would retaliate. General Selim Idriss, the FSA chief of staff, told AFP on Wednesday that Hezbollah had long been taking part in hostilities in Syria, but had gone too far by shelling villages near Qusayr in Homs province from the Bekaa valley in Lebanon. The commander said the rebels were giving Hezbollah a 48-hour deadline to stop the attacks and "as soon as the ultimatum ends, we will start responding to the sources of fire". burs-rim/dv/bpz
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