Syrian state TV blamed what it called ‘terrorists’ for Friday’s carnage in Damascus. Some opposition activists claimed the regime itself carried out the attack.
euronews spoke to an eyewitness by telephone.
“The explosion claimed a lot of victims from the police force and also a lot of innocent civilians,” said Ahmed Sadek, a resident of the attack-hit Midan district.
“After Friday prayers, we went to the scene, just next to where I live. I saw body parts scattered on the ground. I think the number of dead is more than 50.
“The problem is that the human remains cannot be identified because of the strength of the explosion.
“What we went through today was a tragedy. You could see people rushing to the scene and looking for relatives among the victims; women searching for their husbands and others looking for their fathers and others for their sons.
This is appalling.”