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Syria blames 'terrorists' for Damascus car bomb

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Syria blames 'terrorists' for Damascus car bomb
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Three people have been wounded in a car bomb attack in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to state television.

The explosion, in a popular shopping district, damaged buildings close to the Old City. The TV channel blamed the blast on “armed terrorists,” their description for Syrian rebels.

Meanwhile the state news agency says a Syrian intelligence officer and his brother were killed in a Damascus suburb on Tuesday morning.

The violence comes after more than 30 people were killed on Monday in the central city of Hama during heavy shelling by government forces. Several others were wounded.

Those attacks happened a day after the UN team observing the Syrian ceasefire visited the town, which is a hub for anti-government rebels.

A small group of unarmed UN military observers has been in Syria for just over a week. Their numbers are expected to increased to about 300.

The team travelled to the suburb of Douma on Tuesday, their second visit in two days.

Separately, the UN World Food Programme has announced plans to deliver aid to half a million Syrian people “in the coming weeks”.