Two car bombs ripped through Damascus, Syria on Friday killing more than 40 people and injuring more than 100.

The suicide attacks targeted two security facilities and most of the victims were civilians, according to Al Jazeera.

Government officials have blamed the attack on al Qaeda however some are cynical about the timing of the bombings which coincided with a monitoring mission visit by the Arab League.

Syria remains drastically unstable, the uprising still continues and the death toll of protesters has now been put at 6000.  The on-going situation in the country is causing concern among ministers in the UK.

In a statement, Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt, said:

“I condemn the bomb attacks in central Damascus today and regret the loss of life and injury I have heard reported. I remain deeply worried about the situation in Syria and about anything which further enflames this. There needs to be an immediate end to the violence in Syria for the sake of the Syrian people. There has already been too much death and suffering in Syria.

“We continue to condemn the failure of the Assad regime to heed the call of regional states and the international community to stop the violence against peaceful protestors. We reiterate our call for an immediate end to the violence, for free unfettered access for Arab League monitors and the media to document the situation on the ground. It remains vital that the commitments made by the Syrian authorities to the Arab League are followed through fully and rapidly. ”



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