DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (SANA) – A car bomb (a taxi) on Tuesday blew up in Tishreen neighborhood in Jaramana city, Damascus Countryside, during the escorting of two martyrs who were killed in the previous day in a terrorist blast in the city.
An official source told SANA reporter that the explosion of the car, which was parked near a cemetery in the abovementioned neighborhood, killed 12 citizens and injured 48 others, some in critical condition, in addition to damaging some of the surrounding buildings.
Early on the day, a family of two parents and their girl child were injured in the city due to a blast of an explosive device which terrorists had stuck to their car.
The Injured: The Terrorist Act Will Not Weaken the Syrians
Yazan Rukab, 18, one of the injured in the bombing lying in Jaramana Hospital, highlighted in a statement to SANA the hatred nursed by the criminals who carried out the terrorist blast against the Syrian people who have stood firm in the face of the conspiracy hatched against their country.
"These crimes will not weaken the steadfastness and determination of the Syrian people," said William Shiya, another injured citizen, who strongly denounced the terrorist act which targeted a funeral procession for a number of martyrs killed the previous day in another terrorist act.
"I was at home when the blast happened…Our house' façade was smashed and a number of my family members were injured," said Ghazal al-Atrash, 16, who still was in a state of panic and shock.
She called for inflicting punishment upon the criminals who "are seeking to destroy the life of the safe Syrians."
Dr. Bashar Rabah at al-Radi specialized hospital told SANA reporter that they received scores of injured people, at least 10 of them were in critical condition, to whom first aid treatment was applied.
He added that a number of the injured were transferred to Damascus Hospital because of their serious cases.
For his part, Director of Damascus Hospital, Dr. Adib Mahmoud, said 25 of the serious cases received by the hospital needed surgery, noting that 10 operation rooms have been preoccupied.
The fact that funeral procession included all members of mourning families, some of these families were inflicted with cases of martyrdom and injury among their members.
The 15-year-old Mohannad Mohammad Alloulo was martyred in the bombing, while his three-year-younger sister Alaa was injured lying on a bed in one of the emergency department's rooms at Damascus Hospital.
"My sister was playing with her friends outside the house when she heard the boom. She fell to the ground and couldn't move," said Alla's brother, Mustafa, who was sitting by her side.
"Those who are killing mourners and children can't be Syrians," Mustafa added, stressing that the Syrian Arab Army will eliminate the terrorists and foil their backers in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Damascus Countryside Governor: The Terrorist Act Represents the Highest Degree of Criminality
Damascus Countryside Governor, Hussein Makhlouf, along with the Commander of the Police Department in the province, visited the injured in the hospitals and checked their condition, wishing them a speedy recovery.
"This terrorist bombing represents the highest degree of criminality as it targets innocent mourners," said Governor Makhlouf, asking that God has mercy upon the souls of the martyrs.
R. Milhem/H. Said