List of terrorist attacks in Damascus

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This is a list of terror attacks in Damascus within modern Syria (after independence in 1946).

1949[edit]

On Friday night, August 5, 1949, several hand grenades were thrown into the Menarsha Synagogue in Damascus. 12 Jews, eight of them children,[1] were killed and about 30 others injured.[1] The attack was timed to coincide with the Lausanne Conference, following the armistice agreement which was signed between Israel and Syria on July 20, 1949.[2]

people died

2004[edit]

  • April 28: Three gunmen, a policeman, and one civilian were killed in an attack on the diplomatic quarter of Damascus, damaging a building formerly used by the UN.[3] Police blamed Islamists.[4]

2006[edit]

  • September 12: Three gunmen and a Syrian security guard were killed in a foiled attack on the U.S. embassy. Gunmen tossed grenades over the perimeter walls before opening fire with automatic weapons. A car bomb was detonated outside the embassy, although a truck bomb filled with pipe bombs and gas cylinders failed to explode.[7] Thirteen people were wounded, including two security guards and a Chinese diplomat.[8] Police also captured one gunman, although he later died of his wounds.[9] The Syrian government said the attack was planned in Saudi Arabia and the attackers had no links to al-Qaeda.[10]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • December 3: A little more than year later another explosion killed at least three people when a bus blew up in Sayyidah Zaynab, a Damascus suburb popular with Iranian and other Shiite pilgrims and named after a shrine dedicated to the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad located there. Syrian officials denied Terrorism was involved, blaming the deaths on an exploding tire and banned reporters from the site.[11]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

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