A truck bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, near the Dama Rose Hotel used by UN observers, in a heavily fortified part of the city.
The rebel Syrian Free Army said the attack targeted a meeting of the government’s army chiefs which had been due to take place in a neighbouring military compound.
The area is home to a Syrian army officers’ club and a building belonging to the ruling Baath Party. It is also not far from the army command.
The euronews correspondent on the scene said the explosion of a fuel tanker produced a huge plume of smoke above the city, and several nearby cars and buildings caught fire. However, only three people were reported injured.
Last month three of President Assad’s security chiefs were killed by a bomb at the national security headquarters.