DAMASCUS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were wounded when a booby-trapped car went off Saturday in one of the ancient marketplaces of the Syrian capital of Damascus, local media reported.
The explosive-packed car tore through Midhat Basha marketplace, the report said, adding that one of the injured is in critical condition.
Meanwhile, the activists' Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that an explosive device affixed under a car exploded at the Mi'thanat al-Shahm area in the Shaghour neighborhood of Damascus, injuring several people, including three children.
The blasts came amid incessant clashes between the government troops and the armed rebels in several Syrian cities, most notably in the Mediterranean province of Latakia.
The state-TV said that the army troops managed to recapture the village of Khirbat al-Baz in the countryside of Latakia, adding that the troops are haunting down remnants of the armed rebels in the Nabi Shaia Mountain, Sheikh Nabhan, Istirbe and Owbin.
The violence in Latakia erupted last week when the rebels announced the start of their battle to "liberate the coast." Since then, the Syrian army unleashed a counterattack to regain control of some of the villages that were seized by rebels over the past week.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The foreign and defense ministers of the United States and Russia agreed on Friday to host a peace conference on Syria in Geneva as early as possible, reaffirming their belief in a political settlement of the protracted conflict in the Arab country.
Syria has been a source of friction between the two powers, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and their Russian counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoygu, reached the consensus following their "2+2" meeting in Washington. Full Story
DAMASCUS, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Wednesday announced an additional 195 million U.S. dollars in humanitarian assistance to Syria as at least six soldiers and 70 rebels were killed during clashes and blasts in the war-torn country.
The fresh aid came on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, or Feast of Breaking the Fast, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting. Full Story
DAMASCUS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The head of Western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition umbrella group in exile, "sneaked" into Syria on Thursday and performed the special prayers of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast in a mosque in Daraa province, the coalition said in a statement.
The newly elected Ahmad Jarba visited rebel-held areas in the southern province of Daraa and performed the Eid prayers in one of its mosques, the statement said, adding that Jabra also met with a number of families and exchanged congratulations on the Eid occasion. Full Story