SANA, AL IKHBARIYA (Syria), BBC (UK), AP (USA)
The bomb exploded in the car park of the Dama Rose Hotel, which is popular among UN observers -- however, none of the injured parties is thought to be a UN staff member.
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The target was not immediately clear, however, Associated Press reported that the blast took place close to a military compound.
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The BBC reported that Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, who visited the scene told reporters: "I confirm that we are with the UN and we will do all we can to guarantee their protection so that they carry out their role."
He said the incident was "a criminal act aimed at distorting Syria's image."
Published on the Telegraph's website, this video footage from pro-government television agency Al-Ikhbariya shows the aftermath of the bomb today.