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Friday, May 11, 2012

UN Condemns Deadly Attacks In Syria

Syrian security officers shout slogans in front of a damaged military intelligence building where two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday. (AP)

Syrian security officers shout slogans in front of a damaged military intelligence building where two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday. (AP)

The United Nations Security Council is urging all parties in Syria to ”immediately and comprehensively” adhere to the terms of its peace plan after two suicide car bombings killed at least 55 people in the capital Damascus.

The blasts went off near a military intelligence building on Thursday morning. The government and opposition forces blame each other for the attack, which the Security Council condemned as a terrorist attack.

There’s also increasing concern that jihadi fighters linked to al-Qaida may be behind the recent attacks.

According to the BBC’s Lyse Doucet, there are always two narratives in Syria.

“We have spoken to angry people, who blame Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, which are all countries that have come out in support of the Syrian opposition,” Doucet told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

“Grieving families cursed the opposition. The opposition alleges as always that this was the cynical work of the government itself to try to discredit the opposition,” Doucet said.

Guest:

  • Lyse Doucet, BBC correspondent in Damascus

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