CNN: Huge explosion occurs in #Damascus. #Syria
#CNN’s Fred Pleitgen just heard a massive explosion in central Damascus. No other details at this point.
Anchor, CNN International Based at CNN HQ in Atlanta
CNN’s @pleitgencnn hears massive explosion in central Damascus, near by not at UN chemical inspectors’ hotel
Locals suggest a multiple mortar or artillery rocket attack has struck central #Damascus, near Four Seasons Hotel. #Syria
At least two mortar bombs hit #Damascus near #UN team’s hotel
A six-car convoy of United Nations inspectors left a Damascus hotel on Monday and headed to the scene of a poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital last week, a Reuters witness said.
On another note, Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Syrian rebel group, claimed responsibility for the killing of the governor of Syria’s Hama District Anas Abdul-Razzaq Naem, in a car bomb attack.
Naem was killed in Hama’s al-Jarajmeh neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, according to Syrian state television.
Pic of #UN team on way to site of alleged chemical attack in #Damascus – from ‏@AJELive
Iranian official: Israel will be first victim if Syria attacked
Failure awaits any US attack on Syria: President Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that ‘failure awaits the United States’ if it launches a war on his country.
“Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day,” Assad said in an interview published on the Russian newspaper Izvestia on Monday.