Iran denounces fatal blasts in Syria
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has condemned the twin explosions in the Syrian capital of Damascus that claimed the lives of 55 people, Press TV reported.
"Destabilizing and threatening Syria' national security, which is the aim of the country's enemies, will undoubtedly threaten not only the Syrian people but also other regional nations," Mehmanparast said.
On Friday, explosives on two booby-trapped cars were detonated within minutes of each other in Damascus, one outside the main headquarters of the General Intelligence Agency and the other in the vicinity of a branch of the military intelligence. More than 100 people were injured in the attacks. Most of the victims were reported to be civilians, but the casualties also included military and security personnel.
Syria has blamed al-Qaeda militants for the deadly attacks, which came one day after a team of Arab observers arrived in the country to monitor the implementation of an Arab League initiative to end months of unrest in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing deadly violence since mid-March. Damascus says more than 2,000 members of its army and security forces have been killed in the violence.
Damascus blames foreign-backed armed gangs for the tension. However, the Syrian opposition says the responsibility for the unrest rests directly with the government.
Edited by: S. Isayev