UN Security Council refuses to condemn Damascus blast
The UN Security Council refused to support Russia's initiative to condemn the recent terrorist attack in Damascus that killed nearly 50 people during the ceasefire across Syria, RIA Novosti reported.
The Syrian military command announced on Thursday it would cease military operations across the country during the Eid al-Adha holiday. However, London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre reported that a car bomb went off on Friday near a mosque in the south of Damascus killing 47 people.
Statements in the UN Security Council are issued basing on the consensus and one of the 15-member states said that due to the lack of information from Damascus on the scale of violence during the ceasefire it would be inappropriate to make a statement on this single issue.
Al Arabiya television channel reported citing activists in Syria that the explosion in Daf Shawk district of Damascus near the Omar bin Khattab mosque killed at least 94 people and wounded dozens more.
The television channel also said that the Syrian military command responded to several rebel attacks on military posts across the country.
Thursday's statement by the Syrian military command on the ceasefire said in particular that the Syrian armed forces reserved the right to respond "to attacks on civilians, government troops, administrative and private buildings, especially when car bombs and other explosive devices are used."
The Syrian conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, according to various Syrian opposition groups. The UN puts the death toll at 20,000-30,000 people.