Syria's Assad Thanks Iran, Russia For Helping Thwart Attempts To Oust Him

Syria's Assad Thanks Iran, Russia For Helping Thwart Attempts To Oust Him

Established in 1954, the fair's last edition was held in 2011, the first year of the Syrian war. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the attack.

The wounded were transported to a hospital in Jaramana area near the fairgrounds, and later to the Mujtahid hospital in Damascus.

"We were preparing to receive visitors when I heard an explosion. then I saw smoke to the side of the entrance to the exhibition hall", 39-year-old Iyad al-Jabiri, a Syrian working at a textile stand at the fair, told Agence France-Presse.

"We want this fair to signal the start of (the country's) reconstruction", Kartally told AFP earlier this week.

While Damascus has been insulated from much of the worst violence of the country's war, several key rebel enclaves remain in the Eastern Ghouta region outside the city.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday praised his allies, including Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah, for helping fight terrorists and Western nations' attempts to topple him.

Dad launches vehicle with family inside over opening drawbridge
The bridge was built in 1940 and needs as much as $200 million (£155m) worth of repairs and renovations, according to officials. He was able to jump his RAV4 off the bridge and land safely on the other side. "We could have all landed in the water".

The ten-day fair was seen by the residents of Damascus as the beginning of the return of normalcy to their lives, as in pre-war times the Damascus fair used to be a high-profile event.

At least six people were killed on Sunday when a mortar bomb hit the entrance to a major trade fair being held in the Syrian capital, a war monitor said.

The United States and most European countries shut their embassies in Damascus after the government's bloody crackdown on protests that erupted in March 2011.

But in recent months there have been reports that Western countries could be seeking to quietly resume ties.

In a speech delivered at the opening of the Foreign and Expatriates Minister Conference on Sunday, President al-Assad said that the West is now experiencing an existential presence whenever it feels that a state wants to share its role.

He said Syria is rebuilding its economy despite some Western states' support for terrorism in Syria. A paramedic said all of the victims were civilians.

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