The residents of al-Mezzeh district in Damascus once again woke up in the morning to the sound of two blasts. It turned out to be an assassination attempt to kill the Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi. The Syrian official was not hurt, but a number of his bodyguards were killed. Civilians were also reported to have lost their lives as a result. They condemned such attacks, expressing anger towards countries supporting foreign backed militants.
The Syrian prime minister condemned the attack saying it proves how bankrupt the foreign-backed militants and their supporters are in the face of the victories of the Syrian army. Al-Halaqi went directly after the explosion to head a meeting on the economic situation in Syria. The Prime Minister is also appointed as head of the ministerial committee assigned to conduct talks with all political forces in Syria in preparation of a hoped for national dialogue.
Though this time the explosions were aimed at targeting a Syrian official, civilians also suffered as a result. This is not the first time that Al-Mezzeh district in Damascus becomes a scene of blasts but Syrians insist such attempts can never break their unity.