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article imageDeadly blast hits Central Damascus; 7 killed, 50 injured

By Abdul Kuddus     Nov 6, 2013 in World
Damascus - A deadly blast hit Hijaz square in central Damascus. According to Syria's state news agency SANA, the blast killed eight and injured 50 others in the Syrian capital.
Reportedly Wednesday’s attack targeted the office of the Railway Company. People carrying out maintenance on the building were among those injured.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but the government put the blame on ‘terrorists” a term used to describe the rebels by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Further, it is still not clear whether a bomb or a mortar caused the blast.
The explosion in Damascus comes a day after the UN and world leaders failed to fix a date for the Geneva peace conference to resolve the Syrian conflict.
Reportedly the Syrian opposition insists on the resignation of Bashar al-Assad as a precondition for any talks on Syria.
Following a peaceful protest against Bashar Al- Assad, the civil war broke out in March 2011 consequently killing over 100,000 in the spiralling bloodshed.
With passing time, Syria's civil war has become increasingly sectarian and bloody as majority Sunni Muslim struggle to topple the entrenched domination of Shiite Alawites led by Bashar al-Assad.
According to UN estimates, the Syrian crisis has turned more than two million people into refugees who fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, resulting in one of the worst humanitarian crisis in 21st century.
According to a BBC report, aid agencies estimagted that more than nine million Syrians, almost half the population, are now in need of humanitarian relief.
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