SYRIA

Bombs Rock Damascus

Two bombs exploded in the Syrian capital of Damascus Friday, killing at least five policemen and wounding others amid fresh clashes between the opposition and regime forces. The five confirmed casualties were a result of a motorcycle bomb, followed by a car bomb that blew up hours later near the Ministry of Information. The dual blasts come as opposition activists claim 55 people were killed in clashes across the country on Friday. Today’s reported violence aside, the head of the international Red Cross said earlier in the day that talks between him and Assad had been “positive.” UNICEF recently announced that 1,600 people were killed during the last week in August—Syria’s deadliest week to date.