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The BBC reports that two bomb explosions have killed at least 5 people in Damascus, Syria. Opposition activists claim that as many as 55 others have also died from violence in Syria on Friday:
There have been a series of bombings in the capital since the uprising against President Assad began in March 2011. Officials have blamed “terrorists”. Opposition activists, however, maintain that the security forces planted the bombs to discredit the peaceful protesters.
Elsewhere in Damascus on Friday, activists reported heavy shelling by government forces in the southern districts of Daf al-Shouk, Tadamon, and the densely-populated Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist network, said at least 16 people had been killed in the violence, including five in Yarmouk. On Thursday, a staff member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) and his son were killed in their home when it was hit by a shell.
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