Two huge explosions in quick succession shook the Syrian capital of Damascus today. The suicide car bombs killed at least 55 people and wounded over 370. ITN's Paul Davies reports.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "strongly condemned" two suicide car bombings in Syria Thursday, calling for an end to armed violence on all sides.
"The secretary-general strongly condemns today's attacks in Damascus," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters, according to Reuters.
"It's an urgent call from him on all sides fully to comply with their obligations to cease armed violence in all its forms, and to protect civilians, as well as to distance themselves from indiscriminate bombings and other terrorist attacks," he said.
Fifty-five people were killed and 372 were wounded when two cars exploded in Damascus earlier on Thursday, Syrian state media said.
Syria's foreign ministry said the bombing was a sign the country is facing foreign-backed terrorism and called on the United Nations Security Council to take measures against countries or groups supporting violence in the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
"Syria stresses the importance of the UNSC taking measures against countries, groups and news agencies that are practicing and encouraging terrorism," the state news agency SANA quoted the ministry as saying in a letter addressed to the Security Council.
The uprising against Assad began 14 months ago, and the United Nations reported at least 9,000 people have died.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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