Video catches the explosion
At least 85 people were killed when a car bomb exploded during a funeral procession Saturday evening in the Syrian town of Zamalka, activists and human rights groups said.
People had gathered to honor a resident of the town near Damascus who had been killed earlier in the day, said Abu Omar, an activist in Zamalka who attended the funeral. The resident, Abdul Hadi Halabi, had been killed by gunfire when government forces briefly entered the town from their checkpoints, said Abu Omar, who requested to be identified by a nickname for his safety.
Men, women and children had gathered for the funeral for the town’s 30th victim since the uprising began 16 months ago, a low number compared with some of the bloodshed nearby towns have experienced.
BEIRUT: At least 85 people were killed, mostly civilians, in violence across Syria on Saturday, and hundreds more were trapped in Douma as regime forces stormed the town in Damascus province, monitors said.
A mobile broadcast on U Stream today claimed to show men gathering at what appear to be graves in the city of Zamalka, near Damascus, where a bombing at a funeral on Saturday reportedly killed at least 85 people.
In the broadcast, the men are joined by a bulldozer to apparently bury the victims.
It was the deadliest attack to date in Zamalka, which has been a relatively quiet city since the uprising began.
The bloodiest day in Syria in mnths. 174 innocent men, women, & children killed by Assad in 24 hrs. 85 blown to pieces in Zamalka, Damascus.