Kofi Annan condemns "abhorrent" deadly blasts in Syrian capital

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Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League envoy for Syria

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria has strongly condemned two deadly blasts which rocked the country's capital, Damascus, on Thursday.

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed and scores of others wounded in the early morning attacks, which took place near a military building.

In a statement, Kofi Annan expressed condolences for the victims and called on all parties in Syria to avoid further bloodshed and to protect civilians.

Ahmad Fawzi is Mr. Annan's spokesperson:

"He says these abhorrent acts are unacceptable and the violence in Syria must stop now. He went on to repeat his call to the parties, to all parties, to adhere to the cessation of violence. Any action that serves to escalate tensions and raise the level of violence can only be counter-productive to the interests of all parties."

Duration: 21″

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