Truck Bomb Blast Injures Three at UN Hotel in Damascus

Three people were injured when a truck bomb went off on Wednesday near a hotel in central Damascus used by the UN monitoring mission in Syria, Al Jazeera said, quoting Syrian state TV.

The bomb went off in the Abu Remanih area which is also the location of a military depot and the trade union headquarters, the report said.

Several ambulances rushed to the scene and police cordoned off the area.

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, General Babacar Gaye, had held a press conference on Monday in the hotel, the Dama Rose, the report said.

Al Jazeera quoted a spokesperson for the opposition Local Coordination Committees in Damascus as saying a series of smaller explosions preceded a bigger one.

The UN was not immediately available for comment.

The explosion struck on the eve of a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday in which the council will discuss the future of the UN observer mission in Syria, whose mandate expires on August 19.

[Source: Ria Novosti, Moscow, 15Aug12]

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