UPDATE: At least 30 dead, 55 dead (via Al Manar)
Damascus has been hit by twin car bombs this morning. The first suicide bombs since the uprising began.
The explosions happened outside a security building early this morning. An unknown number have been killed – Syrian state TV is showing gruesome pictures of the bodies that have been ripped apart. The government says military personnel and civilians were killed, and is blaming Al Qaeda.
The opposition Free Syrian Army has denied responsibility, but has targeted military installations in the capital in recent weeks. In past attacks, however, they have been quick to claim responsibility.
What is unusual in this case is that the government is blaming Al Qaeda, rather than unknown ‘terrorists’ and ‘armed gangs’ (code for unarmed civilian demonstrators).
As usual, expect regime apologists to blame the opposition, because they must be blamed for every death. And expect hysterical twitter activists to blame the government and their conspiracy.
The bombings come just hours after the Arab League’s monitors arrive in Damascus, and a day after a series of car bombs killed dozens in Baghdad.
Health warning: these pictures are from Syrian state TV.