Sui­cide bombs near cap­i­tal

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Two sui­cide bombers struck close to the Syr­ian cap­i­tal of Da­m­as­cus yes­ter­day, killing at least 12 peo­ple and wound­ing dozens more in the lat­est at­tack to hit the pre­dom­i­nantly Shia area in re­cent months, state TV and an op­po­si­tion ac­tivist group said.

ISIS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ings through its Aa­maq news agency, which said there were three at­tacks car­ried out by sui­cide bombers. Aa­maq said two at­tack­ers were wear­ing ex­plo­sive belts while the third was in a car.

Syr­ian State TV said the blasts in the Sayyida Zeinab area just south of Da­m­as­cus killed 12 peo­ple and wounded 55 oth­ers. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said 20 peo­ple were killed and dozens were wounded in the two ex­plo­sions.

The blasts came as USbacked fight­ers in north­ern Syria tight­ened their siege on the ISIS strong­hold of Man­bij, where tens of the thou­sands of civil­ians are trapped by the fight­ing. The Syria Demo­cratic Forces, a pre­dom­i­nantly Kur­dish group, en­cir­cled the town af­ter cap­tur­ing dozens of vil­lages and farms near the Turk­ish border.

“The push to­ward Man­bij slowed down be­cause of fear for civil­ians there,” said Mustafa Bali, a Syr­ian jour­nal­ist who vis­ited the front line.

“All telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions with the town have been cut.”

The Ob­ser­va­tory said tens of thou­sands of civil­ians in the town fear bom­bard­ment of res­i­den­tial ar­eas at a time when most bak­eries have stopped work­ing and food is run­ning out. It said airstrikes by the USled coali­tion have killed 30 civil­ians, in­clud­ing 11 chil­dren, since SDF be­gan its of­fen­sive on May 31.

Man­bij is one of ISIS’ largest strongholds in Syria's Aleppo province.

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