DAMASCUS, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian state-TV said the twin blasts that struck a district of the capital Damascus earlier on Friday have left 16 people injured.
The TV said the blasts occurred near a garden in al-Zahera area, spelling no further details.
Earlier, witnesses told Xinhua that the two explosive devices went off in a swift succession in al-Zahera district, adding that the blasts were followed by intense shooting from the security members in that area.
Friday's explosions were coupled with intense hovering of Syrian warplanes over the capital amid reports that the jet fighters have broken the sound barrier twice.
The blasts have become daily occurrences in the capital as the armed rebels intensified their attacks in the hope of wobbling the government's tight grip on Damascus.
In another incident in the north, the pro-government Sham FM cited sources as denying media reports that the armed militiamen have taken control over an ancient citadel in the restive northern town of Harem at the outskirts of Idlib province.
The report said that large numbers of jihadist Afghani fighters have converged on the town from neighboring Turkey, adding that those foreign fighters were hoisting al-Qaida flags.
It said the local residents are still resisting those assailants.
DAMASCUS, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government said that it is able to rise to the challenge of the economic crisis as its economy has all the components of resilience and continuity despite the global squeezing sanctions and the bloody events nationwide.
Addressing a recent Cabinet meeting, the Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi stressed that the state ministries and institutions are making great efforts to provide basic services to citizens and rehabilitate what has been devastated by armed terrorist groups in the sectors of oil, electricity, health, communications and transport. Full story