There has been international condemnation of the Syrian attacks.
The US said indiscriminate killing could not be justified. Peace envoy Kofi Annan said the blasts were abhorrent and counter-productive.
In Europe too there were similar messages. Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said:
“I strongly condemn today’s attacks in Damascus. This violence against innocent people is completely unacceptable, and we call upon everyone involved, on all sides, to finally ensure a ceasefire.”
Russia also condemned the double bombings but its foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, on a trip to China, accused unspecified foreign countries of encouraging such violence by inciting Syrian rebels.
Moscow and Beijing made a joint appeal.
“We maintain our position that Syria should have a peaceful and fast solution after inclusive dialogue involving all parties. There are some people who are imposing pressure on us to change our position. We will not concede to this pressure,” said Lavrov.
At least 55 people are thought to have been killed in the suicide attacks. More than 370 were injured, said the Syrian Interior Ministry.
Washington said the attacks did not look like the work of the opposition – but extremist elements looking to take advantage of the chaos.