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Syrian media: 2 bombs explode near famous Damascus bazaar, killing at least 1 person

  • A Syrian soldier is passed by civilians carrying their belongings in the town of Hejeira in the countryside of Damascus which Syrian troops captured on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 as the government forged ahead with a military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital. Syrian troops captured a contested suburb of Damascus on Wednesday as the government forged ahead with a punishing military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital, state media said.(AP Photo)The Associated Press

  • Residents are directed by soldiers in the town of Hejeira which Syrian troops captured on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 as the government forged ahead with a military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital. Syrian troops captured a contested suburb of Damascus on Wednesday as the government forged ahead with a punishing military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital, state media said.(AP Photo)The Associated Press

A state-run Syrian TV channel says two bombs have exploded near a famous Damascus bazaar, killing at least one person.

The Al-Ikhbariya station says Thursday's explosions close to the Hamidiyeh market in the old quarter of Damascus also wounded seven people.

The TV says one of the bombs was detonated near a souk, killing one man and wounding six people, while the other struck on a nearby street, wounding one man.

The TV also said "terrorists" — the term the government uses for rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad — fired a mortar round that slammed into Damascus' al-Shaghour neighborhood. No one was hurt in that attack, which the TV says caused some material damage.

Bombs and mortar attacks are not uncommon in Damascus, Assad's seat of power.