According to official media agencies, more than 100 people have died in 1 single day, in separate terrorist attacks in several places across Syria.
In Homs city, two car bombs exploded, killing at least 90 people and wounding tens of others. Many media agencies reported on Tuesday, April 29, a local security source saying the toll had risen to 90, as rocket fire followed the initial detonations.
In a video posted online, a gray-haired man held a piece of cardboard on which were bloody scraps of flesh, all that remained of one victim after two car bombs detonated in a busy government-controlled area. The Nusra Front, an insurgent group, claimed responsibility for the attack, which residents said killed as many as 120 people including at least 27 children, according to the anti-government Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The following photo, by journalist Sarkis Kassargian via his Twitter, shows a man carrying dismembered body of his kid killed in the same terrorist attack http://t.co/oRfwnnkzLB
More photos took by Kassargian:
The scene was chillingly similar a day earlier in Damascus, where another video showed nearly identical body bags holding boys who appeared to be in their early teens, their bodies riddled with shrapnel wounds. That footage showed the aftermath of a mortar attack, Tuesday, on an Islamic educational complex in the government-held Shaghour district. Residents said the Badr el-Din Husseini complex is attended by both primary and secondary school students.
The capital Damascus thus suffered its heaviest mortar attack since 2011; terrorists fighting against Syrian government have frequently fired mortars into the capital from opposition-held suburbs.
Though no one claimed responsibility for that attack, the shelling originated from insurgent-held territory, witnesses told Human Rights Watch, which reported that the death toll had reached 17 and included 13 children identified in photographs and from lists of names posted on social media. You can read more in the Human Rights Watch report.
While weeping, one boy told state television (in the video below) that a friend had come outside just after reading the Quran.
“I told him, ‘Come and take my hand,’ then the shell landed and he flew away,” the boy said. “I was calling him but couldn’t find him.”
Armed opposition groups have also attacked Syria’s cities with car bombs in the past months. An al-Qaida-linked group has previously claimed responsibility for several car bombs in the capital and other cities. The official Syrian news agency “SANA” reported that 14 people died, and that 86 more were wounded due to that mortar attack. A Damascus police official told AP that the mortar struck a technical institute, where classes were in session, and that a number of children were among the victims.
That heavy violence came a day after Bashar Assad put himself up for re-election as the Syrian President, alongside ten other candidates.
Car bombs have been a favorite of Al-Qaeda affiliated groups operating in the country, who are looking to oust the Syrian president.
It is unclear if the violence – which does not represent much of a spike from the usual figures – is a reaction to the upcoming election, which the Syrian opposition have consistently dismissed.
Another two car bombs ripped through a town in Syria’s central province of Hama, killing 18 people and injuring over 50, State TV said. At least 11 children died in the bombing.
The explosions took place in the towns of Jibrin, in the countryside of Hama, and Hamairi.
A source in the province told a SANA reporter that a suicide bomber blew up a booby-trapped car in Jibrin town, killing 17 civilians, including 11 children and injuring more than 50 others. The terrorist bombing caused a huge damage to a number of the town’s houses.
The source added that another terrorist detonated a car bomb in Hamairi, a town in the western countryside in Hama. The explosion resulted in killing one civilian and wounding others.
Another blast in Somariya area took place on Saturday May 3, 2014, when a car loaded with explosive devices went off at a garage located in a crowded area.
Earlier on the same day, May 3, 2014, 4 people, including a 16-year-old girl, were killed after mortar shells fired by foreign-backed terrorists hit a minibus in al-Dwel’a area of the capital, Damascus. At the same time, in northern city of Aleppo, a mortar attack hit a hospital and a hotel killing 12 people.
Syria has been the scene of deadly violence since March 2011. Reports says over 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the foreign-backed militancy plaguing the country. Violence and fear have been a too-regular occurence, and the flames of internal conflicts continue to be stoked by foreign powers like the U.S. and Saudi Arabia (who recently sent TOW missiles to the opposition), among others.