Last updated: 23 October, 2013

Syria rebels shell Damascus main squares

A car bomb hit a checkpoint in a western suburb of Damascus on Wednesday, causing multiple casualties among the troops manning it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing in the Dumar suburb came as much of Syria was plunged into darkness after a rebel attack on a gas pipeline near the capital knocked out power.

“Our activist in the area saw bodies on the ground,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.