Explosion kills 5 people in Damascus

Al-Qaboun is one of the hotspots in Damascus that has witnessed intense anti-government protests and clashes between armed men and government troops.

Damascus: An explosion ripped through al- Qaboun neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus late on Monday, killing five civilians and injuring several others, state- run SANA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Al-Qaboun is one of the hotspots in Damascus that has witnessed intense anti-government protests and in some cases clashes between armed men and government troops.

The state news agency gave no further details on the circumstances of the blast, which came as part of the bombing trend that has been rocking Syria lately.

Syria`s mainstream media also reported several minor blasts across the country, mainly in the coastal Banyyas city and northern Aleppo. No casualties were reported in either incident.

The escalation in violence has undermined the UN efforts to bring the 15-month-old unrest in Syria to a close.

On Monday, The visiting UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned here of the presence of terrorist groups in Syria, who are trying to capitalize on the current unrest to achieve certain gains.

"We know that there are ... a third party, terrorist groups, who are trying to gain advantage for themselves... but we have to see this as an issue within Syria, between the Syrians," he said during a press conference in Damascus.

Meanwhile, the rebel group Free Syrian Army has reportedly announced Monday the failure of the six-point peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan, meaning that they would no longer abide by the plan that calls for a ceasefire and halt of violence from all sides.
Annan is set to visit Syria by the end of this month to follow up on the implementation of his plan.
ANI

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