Dec. 23 - A Syrian state TV channel says 40 people are dead and 100 wounded after two car bombs explode in Damascus. Lily Grimes reports.
WARNING: CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES Bodies are carried away from the site of a blast in the Syrian capital Damascus. State TV reports 40 were killed and 100 wounded when two booby-trapped cars blew up at security sites. This is the worst violence to hit Syria's capital during nine months of unrest over the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Al Manar news channel described the attack as a suicide bombing and said initial inquiries indicated al Qaeda was behind it. They say most of the casualties were civilians. The attack comes a day after the arrival of Arab League officials to prepare for a monitoring team that will check whether Assad is implementing a plan to end the bloodshed. The escalating violence on both sides has raised fears that the country is slipping towards civil war. Lily Grimes, Reuters