Syrian security forces carried out a spate of raids in Damascus early Tuesday, May 22, after a deadly bombing hit the capital and U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon warned the search for peace was at a “pivotal moment,” Agence France Presse reported.
Reports said the blast hit a restaurant in the Qaboon neighbourhood of the capital, leaving five people dead. The bloodshed raged despite the deployment of a U.N. military observer mission to oversee a promised ceasefire that has been breached daily since it went into force on April 12. In all, at least 59 people were killed nationwide on Monday, including 31 loyalist troops who died in clashes with rebel fighters, opposition groups said.
Demonstrations also broke out at dawn in Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city which until recently had been largely spared the unrest shaking the country.