From Akram: "For the first time ever since the unrest erupted in Syria 19 months ago, a terrorist attack has struck Bab Touma Square in Damascus when a huge blast shook the area at 11 in the morning> The explosion was a result of a bomb implanted under a car that was parking there according to Sana, the state-run news agency that said 13 people were killed and 29 others injured. The sound of the explosion could be heard from hundred meters away and tens of ambulances could be seen leaving the explosion scene to transport the victims to the hospitals, especially the nearby St. Louis hospital which alone received 13 of them. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Bab Touma is one of the main entrances to the Old Town, and located at the intersection of a number of quarters resided mainly by the Christian minority in Syria. In most days, the square witnesses great congestion in this time of the day due to the presence of a number of shops and few public facilities (the police station, customer care center of both electricity and drinking water), a major bus station that attracts a large number of employees heading to their jobs, a number of nearby schools and a café that is usually overcrowded on Sunday morning.
The terrorist attack of Bab Touma comes after a long day that witnessed a fierce fighting with machineguns and heavy weapons in the eastern suburbs of Damascus (Jobar, Ain Tarma, Kabbass) and lasted to the late hours of yesterday evening
Amazingly, days before the attack, the residents of the neighborhood were exchanging rumors about the possibility of the occurrence of such an attack and many refrained from sending their children to schools last Friday"