Two unknown attackers blasted Damascus, Syria on Saturday, March 11, killing at least 50 people while leaving 120 more injured.

Using improvised explosive devices according to Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal, the explosions happened at 7:50 AM at the Bab al-Saghir Cemetery in the Syrian capital, where foreign pilgrims often visit.


Iraqi Shiite pilgrims were visiting “holy shrines” at Bab al-Saghir, one of Syria’s largest and oldest cemeteries when the explosion took place. Photo by SANA


The Iraqi government has been sending medical teams to Damascus to aid the wounded and airplanes to transport the Iraqis home.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government referred the attacks as “cowardly” acts of terror and asked the UN secretary-general and chairman of the UN Security Council to condemn them, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said.

The government demanded that countries which support terror groups, “mainly those of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and some Western states, be compelled to stop all forms of support to these organizations.”

Syria enters its seventh year of war this year, and it has been marked by Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict.