Car bomb explodes in Damascus embassy district; no reports of injuries

An explosive device detonated in a car in an upscale neighborhood of Damascus, Syrian state media says, quoting a police source.

Security incidents, including blasts targeting military or civilian vehicles, occur intermittently in Damascus.

It is not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast or who it targeted.

But it came with tensions high in Syria’s capital after Iran vowed retaliation for a strike on a building in the Iranian embassy compound in the Syrian capital of Damascus, which killed several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders, including two generals. Tehran has blamed Israel for the strike.

“The explosion heard a short while ago in the Mazzeh area resulted from an explosive device detonating in a car in al-Huda square,” Syria’s official SANA news agency says, quoting a Damascus police command source.

It adds that there were no injuries.

The incident happened in the Mazzeh area, where Iran’s embassy and other foreign missions are located.

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