Several senior government officials have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Damascus as the Syrian capital descends into a bloody battleground.
The attack on a security building in the capital came amid reports that at least 60 soldiers have been killed in the city in the last 48 hours.
Syrian state TV said the suicide blast had “seriously wounded” some government officials. The Lebanon-based news channel Al-Mayadeen later said several of the officials had died.
The violence comes ahead of a vote on a new Syrian resolution this afternoon.
Columns of black smoke rose over the Syrian capital after clashes between President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and the Free Syrian Army.
The fighting, with tanks and helicopter gunships, raged amid reports that two Syrian brigadier generals crossed into Turkey overnight.