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Reports: Bomb explodes on southern edge of Damascus

Syrian government soldiers stand flashing the victory gesture next to a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hanging on a tank at the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in the southern province of Daraa on July 7, 2018 [YOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian government soldiers stand flashing the victory gesture next to a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hanging on a tank at the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in the southern province of Daraa on July 7, 2018 [YOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

A bomb exploded near a highway at the southern edge of Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday morning, state media reported.

An attacker was arrested and no one was injured, state news agency SANA said. The head of the city’s civil defence, Asef Hababe, told Reuters that military technicians had detonated a device.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group, said the explosion was near a security post.

Meanwhile, on the anniversary of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in Syria, a bomb was detonated which killed 3 and wounded 20 others in Afrin.

Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of people, forced more than half its pre-war population from their homes and dragged in global powers.

With Russian and Iranian help, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military has beaten back rebels and Daesh to restore control over most of the country.

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