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article imageClashes follow suicide bomb attack in Damascus

By Paul Iddon     Oct 20, 2013 in Politics
Following the blowing up of an army checkpoint by Syrian rebels in Damascus thirty people following the blast and subsequent clashes.
Al Jazeera quotes the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting, from a variety of corroborating on-the-ground sources, that at least 31 people were killed fighting on both sides. Fifteen were rebels and sixteen were Syrian Army troops.
The checkpoint was located near the Damascus suburbs of Mleiha and Jaramana. The attacker that blew himself up to destroy it was a suicide bomber fighting for the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front group.
The opposition-held suburb of Mouadamiya, which the army has been blockading and bombarding for months now, came under attack as the army tried to storm it. People are dying there everyday from malnutrition and starvation.
As Express points out in its report on this bombing incident the ragtag rebel opposition to the rule of Bashar al-Assad control a lot of the countryside around Damascus. However Jaramana, the area which was targeted, is located in an area whose population is predominately Christian and Druze. In that area these minorities are mostly loyal to the Assad rule. Assad and his propagandists have often stirred up sectarian tensions in order to secure the loyalty of fearful minorities in Syria.
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