AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An Old City neighborhood in the Syrian capital has been hit by an explosion that killed at least ten people today.
Syrian activists say the Damascus blast also injured dozens of civilians.
It came as President Bashar Assad discussed the civil war in his country with visiting U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (LAHK'-dar bra-HEE'-mee). Brahimi has appealed for a truce between Assad's forces and rebels for the four-day Muslim holiday which begins Oct. 26.
The neighborhood, a popular attraction for shoppers, is inhabited mostly by members of Syria's Christian minority.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death toll. It said it was not immediately clear if the victims were civilians or policemen. But it described the blast as "strong."