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Damascus car bombings kill ten people as 'ceasefire' ends

  • At least ten people have been killed in two car bombings in Damascus on the fourth day of a supposed ceasefire.

    Women and children were among the victims in Monday’s attacks in the south of the capital, according to reports on state TV.

    State media said a "terrorist group" had detonated a car bomb outside a bakery in Jaramana, a predominantly Christian and Druze area of Damascus.

    At least 41 people were injured in the attack.

    A second car bomb later hit the southern district of al-Hajar al-Aswad, resulting in an unknown number of casualties.

    United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who brokered the ceasefire over the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, said he regretted that both sides had not adhered to it.

    "The situation is bad and getting worse," he told reporters in Moscow following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    However, Brahimi insisted that he was not put off by the lapse of the ceasefire, which he hopes could lead to a peace process.

    "It will not discourage us because Syria is very important and the people of Syria deserve our support and interest. We think this civil war must end... and the new Syria has to be built by all its sons,” he added.