Blast near Dama Rose hotel in Damascus: state TV
DAMASCUS - Agence France-Press
Damaged buildings are pictured after activists say a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Erbeen, near Damascus October 30, 2012. REUTERS photoAn explosion caused by "terrorists" shook the area near the Dama Rose hotel in the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus today, wounding seven civilians, state media reported.
"An explosion caused by terrorists went off near to the Dama Rose hotel and the union federation, which left a number of people wounded and causing damage to the area," Syrian TV said, using the regime's term for armed rebels.
State news agency SANA said the blast left seven people wounded.
The area is close to several security centres and Syrian military headquarters.
On September 26, twin blasts blamed on suicide bombers targeted the military headquarters, killing four guards. They were followed by a fierce gunbattle between troops and rebels.