Twin Bombings in Syria, 8 lives lost


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Damascus: Twin explosions on Friday took toll on the Druze city of Swaida in southern Syria. Xinua with reference to the state-run TV reported that at least eight people were killed in the explosions.

Four people were killed in the first blast that took place at the Daher al-Jabal area in Swiada, while 11 others were left wounded.

The governor of Swaida, Atef al-Naddaf, said that the blasts aimed to stir sedition in Swaida, which has remained largely calm during the country’s long-running conflict.

Meanwhile, the second explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car that went off near the National Hospital. The TV and sources revealed that it caused a high number of casualties, including doctors.

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The Druze minority, along with other minority groups in Syria, has emerged as supporters of President Bashar Al Assad, fearing the expansion of radical jihadist groups that showed no tolerance of minority groups in Syria.

However, the Druze support of the Syrian regime didn’t stop them from criticizing the government’s conduct in that city near the Jordanian borders.

Last week, several dozens of people staged protests before government institutions in Swaida, urging for reforms.

Due to its proximity to the southern province of Daraa, which has largely fallen to jihadi groups, the Druze in Swaida formed their own militias to defend their city against the threats of the jihadists, which attacked some areas in the countryside of Swaida in recent months.

Those local militias, while formed in coordination with the Syrian army, enjoy some independence as their ranks largely comprise volunteers.

(with inputs from IANS)