Amid a show of support for Syria’s government, thousands have been paying their last respects to the 26 people killed in Friday’s explosion in Damascus.
As a mass funeral was held, the state continued to blame ‘terrorists’ for what it said was a suicide bombing. Security personnel as well as civilians were killed, according to authorities.
But some opponents claim the regime itself staged the attack, to try to show it was fighting blind violence rather than a pro-democracy movement.
Supporters of Bashar al-Assad vowed allegiance to the president in the wake of the bombing, two weeks after similar blasts killed 44 in the capital.
As an Arab League mission aimed at halting violence continues, the government has promised an ‘iron fist’ response.