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Syria struggles with internal conflict, int'l community division

(Xinhua)

13:21, August 31, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Syria, while struggling with rampant violence on ground, has also emerged as a dividing point in the international community that has so far failed to truly contribute a solution to the troubled Arab state.

The violence, which has engulfed Syria over the past year and a half, does not seem to be backing off, but on the contrary, it is still gaining momentum and bringing new dim details that were once unthinkable to ever occur in the tightly controlled state.

Two explosions rocked suburbs of the capital Damascus Thursday. The first blast was caused by a booby-trapped car that went off in Jaramana suburb, leaving the driver and his daughter injured, while the other occurred after explosive device tore through the Dahiyet al-Assad suburb, reportedly killing two people. Yet the official media brought nothing up about it.

Other suburbs around Damascus have also been subject to violent clashes between the Syrian troops and the armed rebels, who are showing unwavering resolve to keep the capital rattled with fear and uncertainty.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that as many as 80 people had been killed on Thursday alone nationwide, 49 of whom were unarmed civilians.

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