A woman hugs her daughter who was injured in an explosion
in Hai al-Wuroud, as they wait in a hospital in Damascus.
Bomb explosions killed at least 15 people and wounded
dozens in a Damascus district populated mostly by members of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, opposition
Syrian state media said an explosion hit the district of Hai
al-Wuroud, in the northwest of the capital, and that an
"initial tally" indicated ten people were killed and 30
Activists said three bomb explosions were heard and smoke was
seen rising from the area in the latest tit-for-tat attack.
The hilltop neighbourhood is situated near a barracks and
housing for elite army units.
Earlier on Tuesday state television reported that the brother
of Syria's parliament speaker had been assassinated by gunmen
in Damascus, the latest victim in a campaign against
perceived Assad supporters and their families.
A bomb attack on Monday in the western "Mezzeh 86" district
of Damascus killed 11 people and wounded dozens more, Syrian
state media reported.
Seif al-Sham, an Islamist rebel unit, claimed responsibility
for that attack, which targeted what it described as a
meeting point for the army and police, as well as the
shabbiha (ghost) militia loyal to Assad.
Damascus has several hilltop enclaves mostly inhabited by
members of the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam
that has dominated Syria since the 1960s. Syria's rebellion
draws most of its support from the Sunni Muslim majority.
"After bomb attacks and constant ground aerial bombardment on
Sunni districts, it seems Alawite areas are now considered
fair game," Nawara al-Soueid, an opposition activist in the
Last month several bombs exploded during the Muslim Eid
holiday near mosques in Sunni districts and the Damascus
suburbs, killing or injuring dozens of people, activists